Tigers Finish Reg Season 27-4 with 81-59 Win

On Saturday in Lubbock, the #7/#8 Missouri Tigers (27-4, 14-4) closed out the regular season with an 81-59 road win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-22, 1-17).

On Saturday in Lubbock, the #7/#8 Missouri Tigers (27-4, 14-4) closed out the regular season with an 81-59 road win over the Texas Tech Red Raiders (8-22, 1-17).

Texas Tech Head Coach Billy Gillispie had his Red Raiders ready to play, and Tech trailed by just 4 points at the half, as Missouri committed 7 first-half turnovers, and the Red Raiders held Marcus Denmon scoreless through the first half.

But, Missouri turned the ball over just once after intermission, and the Tigers put on a phenomenal display of 3-PT shooting in the second half (12-18, 67% 3-PT FG%) to pull away.  On the game, Missouri made 16 of 26 (62% 3-PT FG%) from 3-PT range.

Kim English scored 20 points, to lead 5 Missouri players in double-digit scoring.  Denmon scored 17 points, all in the second half, including 5-8 from 3-PT land.  Matt Pressey scored 14 points, including 4-7 from 3-PT range.  Mike Dixon was 3-4 from behind the arc, and finished with 13 points.

Ricardo Ratliffe was outstanding, as he posted a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds.  Ratliffe led Missouri to 30-23 rebound advantage, and a 14-4 edge in second chance points.

Missouri also forced 15 Red Raider turnovers, and converted those for 19 points off of turnovers.

Tech was led by 6'7" sophomore Jaye Crockett, with 17 points and 8 rebounds.

Coach Gillispie had his team focused on shutting down Denmon, and they were effective in doing so, aided in part by Denmon's 0-6 shooting start.  But, the Red Raider defensive strategy left English and Matt Pressey open, and it turned Ratliffe loose on the offensive glass.   Denmon's teammates made Tech pay, and after intermission, the Red Raiders didn't know who to cover, as Denmon heated up, and everyone else chipped in.

Perhaps the game's highlight play was with over 7 minutes remaining in the game, Steve Moore fumbled the basketball right in front of the basket.  He immediately dove onto the floor, secured the ball, and from his back, quickly fed the ball to Denmon in the corner for a wide open 3-PT shot.


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