The Missouri Tigers struggles in the Southeastern Conference continued on Thursday night, with MU falling to the Vanderbilt Commodores 78-75 in a game played at Memorial Gym in Nashville, Tennessee.
Rod Odum led the Commodores (9-6, 1-2 SEC) with 24 points and eight rebounds, with Kyle Fuller contributing 22 points and five assists. Vanderbilt snapped a two-game losing streak. Dai-Jon Parker had 11 points and six assists for VU, while Damian Jones tallying 10 points and eight rebounds.
Missouri, now 13-3 overall and 1-2 in SEC play, was paced by 22 points from Jabari Brown. Jordan Clarkson scored 18 points and 7-of-18 shooting for the Tigers. Earnest Ross had 11 points and nine rebounds. Despite the loss, Missouri outscored the hosts, 36-16 in the paint and enjoyed a 45-35 edge on the boards. However, the Tigers only connected on 6-of-23 shots from three-point range.
Missouri will look to even its SEC record at 2-2, hosting the Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Pregame hits the air at 12:30 for the 1 o'clock tip on KTTN FM 92.3.
The news was no better for the Missouri women on Thursday night, as despite senior Bri Kulas notching a career-high 30 points behind a 5-for-10 effort from beyond the arc, the Tigers lost 87-68 to 14th ranked LSU at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. in Missouri's 87-68 loss to No. 14 LSU on Thursday. Mizzou falls to 13-5 overall and 2-3 in SEC play. Kulas is just the seventh SEC player to record 30 or more points in a game this season.
Missouri got off to a hot start, opening up an early 15-7 lead. Morgan Stock hit three quick three-pointers, scoring nine of her 11 points in the first five minutes of the game. LSU battled back and grabbed a 23-21 advantage with 8:22 to play in the first half, but Morgan Eye answered with another trey.
The rest of the half was a back and forth affair. After LSU put together a 6-0 run, Kulas knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to tie the game again. Kulas had 16 points going in to halftime, but Mizzou trailed 42-40.
At the 16:16 mark in the second half, sophomore point guard Lianna Doty racked up her sixth assist of the game on a dish to Kulas for a layup. Doty now has 254 career assists, which puts her at No. 10 all-time in Missouri history.
LSU led the rest of the way, but Robin Pingeton's squad continued to fight, keeping the deficit in single digits 12 minutes into the second half. Freshman forward Jordan Frericks ripped down her 10th rebound late in the game. The board polished off her fifth double-double of the season as she finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Mizzou will get a week off before hosting Texas A&M at Mizzou Arena on Thursday, January 23rd. That game will be broadcast on KTTN FM 92.3.