Tigers take care of Chattanooga 99-56

The Missouri Tigers (3-0) defeated Chattanooga (2-2) in the second round of the South Padre Island Invitational by the score of 99-56.

The Missouri Tigers (3-0) defeated Chattanooga (2-2) in the second round of the South Padre Island Invitational by the score of 99-56. Keith Ramsey and Marcus Denmon set the tone early, and Missouri jumped out to a big first-half lead.  Missouri set a school record with 24 steals, and again had four players score in double figures, with Kim English coming off the bench for a career high 26 points.  Three more Tigers each chipped in 9 points apiece.


Coach Anderson talked about the school record number of steals, and how well his team played.  "Mind-boggling!  I tell you what.  I thought our defense was good.  Chattanooga's a good basketball team.  We hit them pretty good early on, and we made a lot of shots.  Our defense, we had 19 deflections in the first half.  So, that tells you how active we were."


Missouri shot 54.7 % from the field, including 44.6 % from behind the 3-PT line.  The Tigers demonstrated an unselfish brand of team basketball, with 25 assists on 35 made baskets.


Coach Anderson seemed pleased with the team's approach.  "Our guys played with a lot of energy, and played unselfish basketball."


Missouri's starting lineup remained the same as on Sunday, with J.T. Tiller sitting out in street clothes.  Mike Dixon started his second straight game, and was very active defensively, but again experienced some early foul trouble. Dixon scored 9 points, to go along with 4 assists, against 2 turnovers.


English and Laurence Bowers gives Missouri a very dynamic scoring punch off the bench.


After the game, Bowers talked about his team's play.  "Deflections.  That's what we are.  That's our basketball team.  We hang our hats on our defense.  Coming up with all of those steals, it was just great.  And, it prepared our offense."


Offense.  That's the thing everyone said that Missouri had lost too much of from last year.  Defense.  Chattanooga, a NCAA tournament team last season, came in averaging over 80 points a game.


Missouri will travel to South Padre Island, Texas on Wednesday to play in the semifinals on Friday night against Old Dominion.


Box Score   
Chattanooga 56
   Total 3-point  Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
53  SAFFORE, Jeremy  c  4-8  0-0  1-3  1-1  2  2  9  0  0  1  0  23 
03  BELL, Keegan  g  2-4  1-3  0-0  1-5  6  2  5  2  5  0  1  28 
10  ODEM, Josh  g  3-8  1-4  0-0  1-2  3  0  7  1  3  1  3  36 
14  SMITH, Jeff  g  3-5  0-0  1-2  1-2  3  2  7  0  3  1  0  19 
22  TAYLOR, Ricky  g  3-11  0-5  2-2  0-1  1  2  8  1  5  0  1  25 
01  WILLIAMS, Jasper  -  1-2  1-2  0-0  0-0  0  2  3  2  2  0  1  13 
02  HAMPTON, Dontay  -  0-0  0-0  0-0  0-0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  2 
04  HARVEY, Dante  -  0-5  0-4  0-2  1-2  3  1  0  0  4  0  0  17 
34  JEFFERSON, DeAntre  -  3-4  0-0  6-6  3-1  4  3  12  0  2  0  0  17 
42  McKEITHER, Ridge  -  2-5  0-2  1-1  1-7  8  5  5  4  5  0  1  20 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  3-0  3  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  21-52  3-20  11-16  12-21  33  20  56  10  29  3  7  200 
40.4%  15.0%  68.8% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT
1st Half:   12-23  2-8  2-4 
52.2%  25.0%  50.0% 
2nd Half:   9-29  1-12  9-12 
31.0%  8.3%  75.0% 
Missouri 99
   Total 3-point  Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
15  RAMSEY, Keith  f  2-2  0-0  1-2  0-4  4  2  5  3  4  1  3  22 
23  SAFFORD, Justin  f  3-6  1-2  3-4  1-2  3  3  10  2  3  2  1  19 
10  DIXON, Michael  g  4-9  1-3  0-0  0-1  1  3  9  4  2  0  1  22 
11  TAYLOR, Zaire  g  3-5  3-5  0-0  1-3  4  1  9  6  1  0  3  26 
12  DENMON, Marcus  g  5-12  3-8  4-5  3-3  6  0  17  3  1  0  3  28 
03  PAUL, Miguel  -  4-6  4-6  2-2  0-1  1  2  14  5  3  0  3  21 
21  BOWERS, Laurence  -  4-5  1-1  0-0  2-3  5  1  9  1  0  3  5  18 
24  ENGLISH, Kim  -  10-17  5-11  1-1  0-2  2  1  26  1  2  0  2  18 
25  SUTTON, Jarrett  -  0-1  0-1  0-0  0-0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  4 
32  MOORE, Steve  -  0-1  0-0  0-0  0-0  0  3  0  0  2  1  3  13 
33  STONE, Tyler  -  0-0  0-0  0-0  0-1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  4 
35  UNDERWOOD, John  -  0-0  0-0  0-0  0-0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  5 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  3-1  4  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  35-64  18-37  11-14  10-21  31  17  99  25  18  8  24  200 
54.7%  48.6%  78.6% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT
1st Half:   20-36  12-22  7-10 
55.6%  54.5%  70.0% 
2nd Half:   15-28  6-15  4-4 
53.6%  40.0%  100 % 
Score by Periods  1st   2nd   Total   
Chattanooga       28     28    56  Record: (2-2) 
Missouri          59     40    99  Record: (3-0) 


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