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Central Missouri Mules Still Kicking In Elite Eight

Central Missouri won its first game to advance to the national semifinals.
EVANSVILLE, Ind.--Just because Drury is out of the tournament doesn't mean the state of Missouri isn't represented in Evansville.

The Central Missouri Mules are still alive and kicking.

Coach Kim Anderson is enjoying his team in this his 12 year in Warrensburg.

Drury isn't the only Missouri team at this Elite Eight.

The Central Missouri Mules are representing the M-I-Double-A in Evansville.

"Our team was built, kind of like a bunch of new guys to be honest with you," said Central Missouri coach Kim Anderson.  "We had eight seniors last year. We have ten new players.

Anderson is in his 12th season in Warrensburg and this is his third trip to the Elite Eight.

His Mules are on a roll in Evansville winners of 14 of their last 15 games.

Central Missouri has experience and size in the middle and like to play inside out.

"Offense, really we have multiple guys who can score the ball," said Mules senior Chuck Hammork. "We try to get into our post guys first. And then they open it up for the guards."

Also on the Mules roster is former Nixa Eagle Jordan Epps.

He played on that same Nixa team with Drury Panther Kameron Bundy.

"We're really deep on the bench," said Mules guard Jordan Epps.  "So if you come off the bench, you're still going to get the same stuff that the starters are getting. And we play hard all the time."

Anderson's Mules opened with a 98-88 quarterfinal win over Southern Connecticut State.

Texas Tech transfer Daylen Robinson led the Mules with 28 points and is loving his NCAA tournament fun, in Division Two.

"That's the biggest reason that I transferred here because I knew it was a great program and a great coach," said Daylen Robinson.  "And playing with these guys, nobody is selfish. Everybody plays as a team, defense first and we all love each other like brothers."

"Im really proud of my team. These guys, these guys have really worked hard. To be able to make it to this point is really special for these guys," said coach Kim Anderson.

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