The No. 3 Central Missouri Mules rolled to an 82-64 win over Emporia State tonight, and in the process hit several milestones, including head coach Kim Anderson’s school-record tying 178th win.

Anderson matched UCM Hall of Famer Tad Reid, who was 178-110 in 15 seasons from 1923-38. Anderson’s career record now sits at 178-60 in only his eighth season. Anderson also wrapped up his fifth 20-win season in the last six years, matching Lynn Nance for the most years in that category. It was the 22nd 20-win season ever at UCM. 

The Mules 20-1 start is the best through 21 games since 1980 when UCM started 25-1, and it also clinched a berth in the MIAA Tournament. Individually, senior forward Sanijay Watts became the 19th player in school history to surpass the 1,000-point milestone, and only the eighth two-year player to do it. He put up 24 points on the night and now sits at 1,005. Getting overshadowed was a career night from junior guard Ryan Harris. He put up a career-high 28 points in the contest.

The Mules will get Saturday off but have to play four of their next five games on the road, starting with a contest in Topeka, Kansas next Wednesday against Washburn at 7:30 p.m.

Story courtesy of Central Missouri athletics