Game #9-133: Appalachian State at Missouri TigersDecember 1, 2012 3:00 pm
How corrupt this game is above the Red Line.
Less than two days after the dismissal of star point guard Michael Dixon, Missouri used a guarantee game against Appalachian State to take out its anger. Senior forward Laurence Bowers had as many points at halftime as the entire Mountaineers' squad (21-21), and the blowout was in full-swing. But there was no Dixon, who will never step foot on the court at Mizzou Arena
again after two separate allegations of sexual assault. Authorities haven't charged Dixon in either case, but the police reports were shocking. One police report from 2010, uncovered by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, claimed one of the victims had injuries consistent with being pinned down and forced during a sexual encounter, according to a nurse.
The Post-Dispatch reported that former Missouri coach Mike Anderson knew about that first allegation, but he told the accuser there was nothing he could do unless she pressed charges. It's unclear how much MU's administration or athletic director knew about that first allegation, and it's unclear how much current coach Frank Haith knew about that allegation when the second accuser came forward a few weeks ago. All we know is that it's just another example of those corrupt Above the Red Line teams. Yeah, that's it.
If you haven't noticed, that's my attempt at lame sarcasm. This sort of stuff happens at every level of basketball, not just with the big boys. Division I, II and III. Major conference, mid-major conference, low-major conference. Sometimes, people do bad things or are accused of bad things, and it has nothing to do with the corruption of college basketball.
I point you to Hofstra University, which just suspended four players
for stealing all sorts of stuff from unlocked dorm rooms. From the New York Times:
"Among the items stolen were a Sony laptop, headphones, three MacBook computers, two iPads and an iPod Touch, the police said. Some of the items were sold on Craigslist and elsewhere, and the police suspect there may be more items missing. At a news conference Friday, the Nassau County Detective Lt. Raymond Cote said Cassara reported missing an iPad, iPhone, money and credit cards
Too bad. Those guys' families were going to have an AWESOME Christmas.
The Good Guys were on the court this Saturday, though. The Good Guys from Missouri were a lot better at basketball than the Good Guys from Appalachian State, but the point remains. Do bad things, and you can't play college basketball anymore. No matter how big your school is.at MISSOURI 72, APPALACHIAN STATE 56
APPALACHIAN STATE 1-6 (0-0) -- J. Canty 11-19 6-7 29; J. Trice 2-8 0-0 6; N. Healy 4-9 0-0 9; T. Hamilton 2-11 0-0 5; M. Obacha 0-4 1-4 1; B. Okam 1-3 0-0 2; C. Burgess 1-5 0-0 2; T. Baskin 0-0 0-0 0; F. Eaves 0-0 0-0 0; R. Gilbert 0-0 2-2 2; T. Spagnolo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-59 9-13 56.
MISSOURI 6-1 (0-0) -- P. Pressey 2-7 0-0 5; E. Ross 5-10 2-4 13; N. Webster-Chan 0-4 0-0 0; L. Bowers 9-11 2-2 23; K. Bell 4-10 3-3 12; A. Oriakhi 2-3 1-3 5; T. Criswell 5-8 0-0 10; R. Rosburg 1-3 0-2 2; S. Jankovic 0-1 0-0 0; D. Feldmann 1-2 0-0 2; D. Bull 0-0 0-0 0; C. Haith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-59 8-14 72.
Three-point goals: APST 5-14 (J. Trice 2-3; N. Healy 1-2; J. Canty 1-4; T. Hamilton 1-4; C. Burgess 0-1), MIZZ 6-19 (K. Bell 1-3; L. Bowers 3-3; A. Criswell 0-1; E. Ross 1-2; P. Pressey 1-6; D. Feldmann 0-1; N. Webster-Chan 0-2; S. Jankovic 0-1); Rebounds: APST 26 (J. Trice 6), MIZZ 41 (E. Ross 9); Assists: APST 8 (J. Trice 3), MIZZ 18 (P. Pressey 7); Total Fouls -- APST 15, MIZZ 13; Fouled Out: APST-None; MIZZ-None.