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Tigers Win Big 12 Home Opener

Posted By Nate Jacobson On Jan 13 2011 @ 12:01 am In Missouri | 1 Comment

For the last couple weeks at Mizzou Arena it has been the Marcus Denmon show.

Wednesday was no different as Denmon matched a career best with 27 points to lead the Tigers (14-2, 1-1 Big 12) to a 77-69 over the Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-3, 1-1).

Denmon has had seven games where he has reached 20 points or more. The strength to his game has been his three-point shooting, and he put on another clinic tonight going 5-for-7 from behind the arc.

Head coach Mike Anderson made two changes from the starting lineup that lost to Colorado on Saturday. Michael Dixon came in for Matt Pressey, and Justin Safford made a surprise start instead of Laurence Bowers.

Even though Bowers didn’t start for the time this season, he added 12 points including a highlight reel dunk. Forward Ricardo Ratliffe maintained his starting spot and matched Bowers with 12 points.

No other Tigers reached double digits scoring. Kim English continued to struggle only scoring nine points and going 1-for-5 from the field. Phil Pressey saw a drastic increase in playing time, 21 minutes, since missing time with a broken finger.

The Cornhuskers came in to this tilt on an 11 game winning streak. They were lead by Toney McCray with 17 points.

Big 12 Notes: Tigers fans can smile after seeing what happened in the Big 12 on Wednesday night. After a devastating away loss to Colorado, I was interested to see if the Buffaloes were a contender in the Big 12 or a fluke. They answered me Wednesday as they went to Manhattan and knocked off No. 20 Kansas State 74-66. This makes Saturday’s loss in Boulder less painful.

Other results saw No. 3 Kansas survive at Iowa State 84-79. The other game featured the Tigers next opponent. After a dominating second half, No. 13 Texas A&M defeated Oklahoma State 71-48. The No.12 Tigers travel to College Station on Saturday for a noon tipoff that will be featured on ESPN2.

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