Mizzou Gets Well on Coppin State

Without the services of Ferguson, Paulding or Gage, the Tigers were still more than a match for three-win Coppin State. Missouri rediscovered the pass and their outside game in their final tuneup before the start of Big 12 conference season.

While the Tigers won by 27, they came out looking like deer in the headlights to start the Coppin State game. The first two plays by Missouri were suddenly all too familiar to Tiger fans: missed three pointer by Rush, turnover by Stokes.

However, Missouri regained its composure that had eluded them over the past three games and torched an overmatched Coppin State club.

The Tigers were rewarded with many open outside looks during the second half because they had the discipline to commit to an inside game early in the contest. This resulted in the best combined game from Arthur Johnson and Travon Bryant to date (20 points and 14 boards).

As might be expected, it was Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert who benefited from increased production down low. Rush finished with 23 points while Gilbert scored 17.

Quin Snyder kept a very short leash on point guard Wesley Stokes all night. Snyder had apparently seen enough poor shot selection from his point guard during the last three games. After a quick missed three-pointer in the first half, Snyder exploded telling Stokes, "We don't need THAT shot".

Snyder's tough love paid off...Stokes finished the game with eleven assists.

Players like Duane John and Josh Kroenke benefited from additional playing time against Coppin State because the Tigers were shorthanded. Forward Rickey Paulding was back in Michigan due to the death of his grandmother. Backup forward Justin Gage has a strained right hip flexor and forward Jeffrey Ferguson is currently stranded in Canada with immigration problems.

Big 12 conference play kicks off for Mizzou on Saturday when they host the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Hearnes. Players like Duane John and Josh Kroenke benefited from additional playing time against Coppin State because the Tigers were shor


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