Vanderbilt dominates Missouri basketball

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Matt Vereen, 23 Sports

Saturday, February 7 –

Missouri looked to snap its twelve game losing streak on Saturday as they travelled to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt. With sophomore Wes Clark out with an elbow injury, the Tigers were at a severe disadvantage from the start of the game. Missouri never held a lead in the game as the Commodores jumped ahead early and never looked back, ending with a 76-53 win over the Tigers.

Missouri freshman Montaque Gill-Caesar led the Tigers in scoring with just 11 points, while Senior Keith Shamburger led with eight assists, but Vanderbilt’s barrage of shooters stole the show as five different Commodores scored more than 10 points in the dominant win.

The start of the game saw the Commodores jump out to an early 12-2 lead as Missouri’s poor shooting and lack of leadership without Clark continued to show on the court.

The Tigers were finally able to keep up with Vanderbilt thanks to points from Jonathan Williams III and Keanu Post, but Vanderbilt pulled ahead once more behind two three-pointers form Luke Kornet and Matthew Fisher-Davis that helped put the Commodores up 24-10.

Vanderbilt continued to stay far ahead for the remainder of the half, but a last minute three-pointer from Missouri’s Montaque Gil-Caesar and a layup from Post brought the gap down to single digits and the Tigers headed to the locker room down 29-37.

Both teams started slowly in the second half, as the first two minutes went scoreless. Vanderbilt ended the drought as they put up four straight to increase their lead. Missouri finally answered back behind a layup from Keith Shamburger, but seven unanswered from the Commodores including a three from Luke Kornet continued to push Vanderbilt out ahead.

Some poor defensive rebounding plagued the Tigers late, as Vanderbilt continued to hold onto the ball and add to the large lead behind multiple three-pointers from Kornet and Baldwin. The Commodores capped off a dominant performance to earn a 76-53 win.

The defeat pushes Missouri’s losing streak to thirteen straight games and brings the Tigers’ record to a disappointing 7-20 and 1-13 in SEC play. The Commodores, meanwhile, improve to 15-12 overall and 5-9 in the SEC.

Missouri will be back in action on Tuesday when they take on the Florida Gators at Mizzou Arena. The game will tip-off at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network.