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There is no way this winter is ever going to end.

Fittingly, on Groundhog Day, Vanderbilt lost its ninth in a row.

Punxsutawney Phil Makes His Annual Appearance Photo by Archie Carpenter/Getty Images

Today was February 2. We have lived through nine nights like this already. Make it stop.

Yeah. Pretty much.

As has often been the case, Vanderbilt got off to a slow start, with nothing falling except — strangely — some free throws as Missouri got out to a 17-8 lead in the game’s first eight minutes. The Commodores would claw back to within two late in the first half, but Missouri responded with a run of its own and led 37-28 at halftime, with the Commodores going oh-fer from three-point range in the first half.

The second half started with both teams cold; Yanni Wetzell finally extended Vanderbilt’s three-point streak with 17:39 left in the game. And then, Vanderbilt wouldn’t score again for nearly five minutes; the good news was that Missouri wasn’t doing much either, and the Tigers only built their lead to 46-31.

But then came some fight. Matt Ryan and Joe Toye hit back-to-back threes, and then Clevon Brown showed up with some rare offensive punch, notching an and-one, followed by a thunderous dunk. An Aaron Nesmith three cut the score to 48-45, and Vanderbilt was back in the game with ten minutes to go.

But Vanderbilt could never quite get even with Missouri. After leading 2-0 to open the game, the Commodores never led again, and Missouri pulled away late for a 77-67 win.

Aaron Nesmith led Vanderbilt with 19 points, and Saben Lee had 15. Vanderbilt shot 20-for-46 from the floor and 7-for-24 from three for the night.