Tigers crush the Buckeyes

ALBUQUERQUE, NM—The Missouri Tigers continued to resemble the team that started the season 9-0 rather than the team that limped to a 13-11 finish. The Tigers pounded Ohio State 83-67 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament and advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the fist time under head coach Quin Snyder.

Missouri proved to be just too athletic for the Big-10 champions. Sophomore Ricky Paulding scored 20 points and ripped down nine rebounds. Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert added 17 and 16 respectively.

Missouri broke it open in the first half when Clarence Gilbert hit back-to-back three pointers give his team a 31-21 lead. Missouri out rebounded, out hustled and out defended the Buckeyes and went into the half with a 47-26 lead.

Brian Brown who scored 33 points in the Buckeyes' first round game, was held to just 18 points, with 13 coming in the second half when the game was already decided.

Missouri continued to roll in the second half and had little trouble burying the Buckeyes. The Tigers outrebounded Ohio State 52-28, grabbing 18 on the offensive glass.


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