In front of the national spotlight, the Tigers put forth a full team effort in a convincing 75-59 victory over Kansas State. ESPN was at Mizzou Arena as part of their college basketball Big Monday.
In the first half the Tigers and Wildcats traded baskets early on until the Tigers gained some separation. Coach Mike Anderson did a great job rotating ten players to wear down the Wildcats as the half progressed. A strong half by reserve guard Phil Pressey and numerous Wildcats turnovers cleared the way for the Tigers to take a 43-28 lead going into the locker room. Pressey, a freshman, finished with 13 points and has really stepped up his play as in the last two games.
In the second half the Tigers started off flat, and the Wildcats started to cut into their lead. Wildcats Jacob Pullen led the charge by finishing with a game high 16 points. The Wildcats only got as close as three points with eight minutes to play, and then the Tigers took over. A 12-0 run guided by the sharp shooting of Marcus Denmon and Kim English clinched the win. Denmon finished with 14, and English added 10.
Forwards Ricardo Ratliffe and Laurence Bowers also contributed with 10 points. Bowers was on the receiving end of an alley-oop that nearly lifted the roof of Mizzou Arena. The play as set up with a creative no look pass from Phil Pressey.
At the beginning of the day the Tigers (16-3 overall) learned they would start the week as No. 13 in the AP Poll and No. 14 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. The Tigers (2-2 in the Big 12) remain undefeated at home, but are still looking for their first road conference win. The Tigers next meeting is against 14-4 Iowa State Saturday night at Mizzou Arena. The Cyclones are 1-2 in conference with their lone win coming against Baylor.
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