Tigers Win #24 By Beating Cowboys 83-65

Tigers Win #24 By Beating Cowboys 83-65

On Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena, the #3 Missouri Tigers (24-2, 11-2) poured it on early in defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-14, 5-8) by the final score of 83-65 in Big 12 action.

On Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena, the #3 Missouri Tigers (24-2, 11-2) poured it on early in defeating the Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-14, 5-8) by the final score of 83-65 in Big 12 action.

This was the 101th victory of their Missouri careers for seniors Marcus Denmon, Kim English, Steve Moore, and Jarrett Sutton.  That surpasses the previous four-year win mark established by the 1979-1983 team that was led by Jon Sundvold and Steve Stipanovich.

Missouri trailed 10-7 early in the game before the Tigers went on a 34-15 run to close out the first half.    Pivotal to that explosion was tremendous defensive execution by the Tigers.

Missouri continued to play with excellence after halftime, and extended their lead to 35 points, at 80-45 with just under 7 minutes remaining in the game.  Shortly thereafter, Coach Haith began to clear his bench, with Andrew Jones and Jarrett Sutton each playing the final 5 minutes of the game.  A little later, Andy Rosburg entered the game.

"It was really about our defense,"  explained Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith.  "We were really sharp in terms of having great intensity, and great focus guarding the ball.  I thought our guys kind of took them out of their offense."

Missouri shot 53% from the field for the game, including 39% from behind the 3-PT line.  Marcus Denmon led Missouri, with a quiet 17 points, on 6 of 10 shooting.

Ricardo Ratliffe went to the bench with a double-double, including 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Missouri had 5 players score in double figures, including Michael Dixon, with 15 points on 7 for 11 from the field.  Kim English score 13 points, and Phil Pressey chipped in with 13 points and 7 assists.  Phil Pressey played his second straight outstanding game on the defensive end.

For Oklahoma State, 5'9" senior guard Keiton Page scored 23 points, although most of those came late against Missouri's subs, after the game had been decided.  The Cowboys' 6'7" freshman forward Le'Bryan Nash, who had scored 27 points in Oklahoma State's upset win over Missouri last month in Stillwater, finished with just 11 points.

Oklahoma State Head Coach Travis Ford spent much of the second half sitting with his head in his hand.  Another one of his freshman, 6'8"  forward Michael Cobbins scored 12 points, on 6 of 7 shooting, and grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds for the Cowboys.
This game was nowhere nearly as close as the final score may suggest.  Missouri scored just 1 point in the games' final 5 minutes after Ratliffe, Denmon, English and Phil Pressey had gone to the bench with Missouri leading by 30.

Of course, that's a testament to Oklahoma State, who continued to play the game against Missouri's walk-ons.

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