The win moves the Tigers to 14-3 on the year, but more importantly Mizzou won its 12th home game in a row.
"I'll tell you what, our guys came out and they had the right approach to the game," Missouri Head Coach Mike Anderson said after the game. "I thought they came out with a defensive mindset. I thought our pressure really affected them, not necessarily from the steals standpoint, but it disrupted what they wanted to do."
DeMarre Carroll led the Tigers with 13 points and 11 rebounds, Freshman Lawrence Bowers scored 16 points while J.T. Tiller and Marcus Dedmon had 13 points apiece for Missouri. Mizzou led by 26 points at the half time intermission 48-22, and never looked back as the Tigers came out much focused after the break.
"We always talk about the first five minutes of the second half and I thought we came out and continued to execute," Anderson said. "We took good shots, we made shots and we shared the basketball. The thing I liked was the focus on the defensive side. Good things were happening on defense. We were rebounding the basketball and guys were moving and cutting."
Bowers had one of his better nights in a Tiger uniform; apparently Coach Anderson wasn't surprised by his performance.
"I go to home at night and he's the guy I think about the most," Anderson said. "He can really help out our basketball team. I think tonight you got to see some of the things he's capable of doing, not only with his scoring ability, but he has tremendous instinct. He's a slasher, finisher, rebounder and a shot blocker."
The Tigers will be at home again Saturday in another important Big 12 match-up against Iowa State. Anderson urges all Tiger fans to be at the game.
"We need a great crowd here," Anderson stated. "Our guys get excited, when people are in the stands, our kids get really, really excited. Of course, it presents a problem to our opponents too. It rattles our opponents. Tiger fans, this is coach saying `Hey, come, we need you."