Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jackson State Hits Road, Gets Hit Back

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jackson State Hits Road, Gets Hit Back

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Once, Andy Stoglin spanned the planet as a Harlem Globetrotter. These days, as coach of the Jackson State (Miss.) University basketball team, he merely roams the continent.

When Stoglin and his team play 11th-ranked Missouri at 7 o'clock tonight at the Hearnes Center, Jackson State will be playing its fifth of 11 road games in November and December. During these first two months of the season, the school had exactly one game at home.

Such is life in a budget-challenged program, which rumbled into Columbia on Friday afternoon after an overnight bus ride.

"I wish we had a situation where we could have more home games," Stoglin said. "Since we don't draw well at home during our pre-conference schedule, there are some advantages to playing on the road. We can save money with the guarantees (from gate receipts), buy uniforms and finance other aspects of our program. Also, I think in order for us to get better as a team, we have to play good teams."

This, then, is why Jackson State (1-4) has played at Oklahoma and Memphis and soon will travel to Oklahoma State, Louisiana State and Arkansas. And Missouri remains every bit the chore of those excursions, even if the Tigers (4-1) were muzzled 104-93 at Arkansas on Tuesday.

"They just manhandled us on the boards, and I guess we didn't want to run real fast," MU coach Norm Stewart said Friday. "We just kind of trotted along."

Stewart also was chagrined by Arkansas' berserk shot-blocking - or was it MU's inept selection? The Razorbacks had more rejections than a lonely heart's club, swatting away 18 Tiger shots.

"Terrible spacing," Stewart said. "We've got to get ourselves more extended and organized."

What Stewart also seeks is a scorer to inspire fear in the opposition.

"You can't really look at this ballclub and say, `Now, there's one great player - you'd better guard him,' " said Stewart, who noted that departed Paul O'Liney had that presence. …

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