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Missouri Hoops Loses Ninth Straight

Senior forward Ryan Rosburg recorded his first career double-double in the Missouri Tigers' loss at Vanderbilt on Wednesday night.

Ryan Rosburg's career game wasn’t enough to prevent another Missouri basketball loss on Wednesday night. 

Rosburg scored a career-high 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, his first career double-double, but the Tigers lost to host Vanderbilt 86-71 in a Southeastern Conference game.

“Give Vanderbilt some credit. They did a great job early on,” Missouri coach Kim Anderson told reporters. “I thought we had shots ... We’re just a young bunch of guys, and we didn’t make them and when you don’t make them, you put yourself in a hole. This is not an easy team to come back on. They have so many different options.”

It was the ninth straight loss for Missouri (8-16, 1-10 SEC), which is the fifth-longest losing streak in school history. Vanderbilt (14-10, 6-5), which had five players scored in double figures, won for the second time in three games.

Mizzou got 16 points from sophomore Jakeenan Gant in his return from a one-game suspension. Sophomore guard Namon Wright scored 11 and freshman forward Kevin Puryear added 10. 

The Tigers were undone, once again, by a slow start. 

Vandy scored the first six points of the game and led 15-2 before the visitors scored their second basket. 

Vanderbilt led 45-26 at halftime. The Tigers shot 28.6 percent from the field (10-35) and 11.1 percent from 3-point range (1-9) in the first half. 

Missouri outscored Vanderbilt 45-41 in the second half, thanks to 15 points from Rosburg and 10 from Gant, but it wasn’t enough to prevent their ninth consecutive loss.

“It’s a tough game because unless you win and win going away, you don’t feel probably as good about yourself as you would like to,” Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings told reporters. “We’re going to take this victory and be glad that we won and hope we can put another one on top of it again this week.”

The Tigers return to action when they host Tennessee (12-12, 5-6) at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. 

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