Basketball Streak Ends
And now a string of ugly defeats is making it an era to forget. Riding a 32 game winning streak in home openers, the Missouri Tigers figured to make Sam Houston State victim number 33. It didn't happen that way.
"We played like a team that's rich and it's shocking to me because we're poor. We are dirt poor and if we keep playing like we've got money to burn, again, we'll keep losing," Head Coach Quin Snyder says.
Snyder blamed Missouri's 80-77 loss on a lack of energy and communication. That took center stage when Sam Houston's Ryan Bright hit a critical three-pointer late in the game. Bright burned the Tigers with 28 points including six three-pointers.
"As players, sometimes, if we see that if a guy is making shots off a certain play that we, as players, should make that adjustment and not let the coach make it," Missouri Forward Thomas Gardner says.
As disappointed as he was in his starters, Snyder was equally unimpressed with his bench.
"I didn't sub more because the kids on the bench haven't deserved to play. It's been that simple and I would've loved to sub," Snyder says. "It's game one. You do the right things and who knows what can happen the rest of the season...I have not seen this in this team, so it's surprising to me that we lost the way we did. You get beat, you get beat, sometimes you get beat, but if we play hard and play the right way, you can sleep at night."
If the tigers don't improve, Snyder could suffer many more sleepless nights. The loss eliminates Missouri from the preseason NIT. The next game is Sunday at home against Northwestern State.