Missouri wanted it more and played like it today. The Tigers held strong at home today and defeated Vanderbilt with ease and now the Commodores must go back to the drawing board after what could be called possibly the worst team performance of the season.
Vanderbilt came into today's game with an opportunity at getting back to ,500 in conference play while also helping their cause to finish within the Top 8 of the SEC. It was another blown chance for the Dores as they were dominated in every facet of the game, by a team that was in last place at the current time.
You can almost tell how much want to and effort a team is playing with by simply looking at the rebounding stats. The Tigers dominated the boards, whipping the Dores on the glass, 43-25.
Second chance points in particular were a killer for the Dores as well. Missouri owned that stat 21-4.
Basically, a team like Missouri who lacks the size inside, owned the paint and was allowed to do whatever they wanted to. Vanderbilt could not slow them down, even though senior center Luke Kornet showed that he could score at ease, close to the basket.
Vanderbilt trailed at halftime and would gain a small lead, midway through the 2nd half but a 12 minute scoring slump, haunted them and allowed the Tigers to push away for the win.
Rebounding and toughness, were not the only reason's behind the Commodores loss on Saturday. The best three point shooting percentage team in the SEC went a combined 6-28 from deep while Kornet himself, went 0-9 from the three point line. It was a struggle overall on the offensive end of the court. Nobody had the touch today and the lack of an arsenal without the three point shot, was exceptionally noticeable.
The Tigers were led in scoring by Jordan Barnett with 23, who was on fire today from deep. Missouri had four players finish in double digit scoring while the Commodores placed only one.
Kornet lead the Dores in scoring with 11 while teammates, Riley LaChance, Jeff Roberson, Matthew Fisher-Davis and Clevon Brown all had 8 points a piece. Tigers guard Terrence Phillips chipped in 12 while forwards Kevin Puryear had 13 and Russell Woods had 10.
Vanderbilt will try and get back to ,500 overall, yet again next Thursday when they host the Texas A&M Aggies. The game will tip-off at 6 pm Central and air on ESPN2.