COLUMBIA — Missouri point guard Stefhon Hannah, who returned to Columbia on Friday and was then arrested on suspicion of third degree assault, is supposed to return to classes on Monday, coach Mike Anderson said.
“The last time I had communication was with his mother, and he was scheduled to be in school on Monday,” Anderson said after Missouri’s 77-69 loss to Texas A&Mon Saturday at Mizzou Arena.
Hannah had been home in Chicago recovering from a broken jaw suffered in a Jan. 27 fight outside Athena Night Club. He was arrested for his role in the fight Friday. On Feb. 1, teammate Jason Horton was also arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault in connection to the fight.
Horton was suspended for two games but returned in Monday’s loss at Kansas. Anderson said that Hannah is still indefinitely suspended. When asked why the suspensions appear to differ, when both players were arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault, Anderson said it is because Hannah is hurt.
“I think he’s hurt right now,” Anderson said. “To me, that’s the biggest difference. Jason is here, so Jason had a chance to serve the suspension. But the kid’s hurt. He can’t play right now.”
Hannah was not at Missouri’s game on Saturday and all but one teammate who spoke after the game said they have not heard from him.
Forward Leo Lyons said he spoke to Hannah on the phone Friday and that he is “fine,” but he didn’t know if Hannah was still in Columbia. Anderson and the other players who spoke after Saturday’s game said they did not know where Hannah is.
On Friday, Hannah and an attorney met with an investigator for the Major Crimes Unit at the Columbia Police Department, according to a news release from Sgt. Ken Hammond.
Hannah gave no statement to investigators, the release said, and was released on his signature. Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said Friday that he is not anticipating any other arrests.
Asked if he had an idea when Hannah would be coming back, Carroll said he was in the same position as everybody else.
“I have no clue,” Carroll said. “If I knew I would let you all know, but I have no clue.”
CARROLL HURTING: DeMarre Carroll was limping around after the game with an ice pack wrapped to his injured right ankle. In the second half, Carroll re-aggravated the old injury when he was boxing out Texas A&M forward Joseph Jones and got shoved forward.
“I guess I was too stiff and came out and made a move real quick and it just hurt,” Carroll said. “There’s nothing I could do about it.”
Carroll has been having problems with that ankle for most of the season. The latest trouble came on Monday when Carroll tried playing without an air cast for the first time but then twisted the ankle when Lyons fell on it. He didn’t practice all last week but was optimistic that, with more treatment, he could play at Nebraska on Wednesday.
ASSIST LIST: With an assist to Carroll with 7:48 left in the first half, Jason Horton passed Jon Sundvold to become fifth on Missouri’s all-time assists list. He had five in Saturday’s game and now 383 for his career. Horton also passed Mike Sandbothe, who was sixth. Sundvold, who played from 1979-83, made those assists in 128 career games while the senior Horton did it in his 110th games.
“That’s fortunate. Jason has been here four years,” Anderson said. “In the first half he did a good job getting the ball to the right people.”
It is unlikely that Horton will move any higher though. Fourth place Lee Coward had 431 assists from 1987-90.
ATTENDANCE: A smaller than expected crowd of 12,742 was on hand for Saturday’s “Blackout” game at Mizzou Arena’swhich has a capacity of 15,061. On Wednesday, the athletic department announced that less than 500 tickets were available for the game against No. 18 Texas A&M. As has been the case for much of the season, there were many vacant seats on the lower level section with padded chairs, and the student section was not full.