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.