Missouri men's basketball loses 13th straight
NASHVILLE - For the first time in school history, the Missouri men's basketball team has lost 13 straight games after a 76 to 53 defeat to Vanderbilt.
Missouri remains last in the SEC with a conference record of 1-13 and 7-20 overall record. The Tigers now have lost 20 games in one season for the first time since the 1966-67 season when the team lost 22 games.
MU also has the fourth longest losing streak in the country, and Head Coach Kim Anderson now has lost more games in one season at Missouri than he has in his past three years with University of Central Missouri.
The Tigers struggled shooting again as they shot just 37.5 percent from the field while Montaque Gill-Caesar led the team with 11 points.
In the first half, Vanderbilt jumped out to a 10-2 run in the first 3:08 of the game.
Vanderbilt added to its lead in the middle of the first half, but Gill-Caesar cut the lead back to seven with two of his team-leading seven first half points.
Matthew Fisher-Davis answered for Commodores with his third three-point shot of the half. Fisher-Davis carried Vanderbilt with 11 first-half points as the Commodores led 37-29 at half.
Coming out of the half, Damian Jones and Vanderbilt extended its lead as Jones scored six of his 16 points of the game in under five minutes into the second half.
Jones continued to dominate down low as he muscled past Johnathan Williams III and scored on an alley-oop dunk off an in-bounds pass. Jones's dunk put Vanderbilt ahead 68-43 with 4:25 remaining in the game.
Despite shooting under 40 percent, Keith Shamburger hit a jumper for Missouri with under four minutes to play. But it was not enough to erase Vanderbilt's lead.
The Tigers return home against Florida Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. CT.