Tigers Run Away From Ducks, 106-69

Missouri runs out to big lead and doesn't look back in win against Oregon

The Missouri Tigers (5-2) rebounded with a 106-69 win over the Oregon Ducks (4-3) on Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.
Coming into this game, Missouri Head Coach Mike Anderson had emphasized the need for his team to do a better job of rebounding the basketball.  Although Missouri lost the battle of the boards 35-43, the Tigers were tougher around the basket, and made rebounding competitive.  Playing at home for the first time in over ten days, the Tigers played their "brand" of basketball, converting 19 Oregon turnovers into 38 points, and dishing out 28 assists on 37 made baskets.  Missouri got 50 points from the bench on a day when each of the 13 Tigers saw the floor.


After the game, Coach Anderson talked about the win.  "I thought we defended the rim real well............ I thought our guys really moved the basketball, and got the ball to the right people............How about our bench!  I thought those guys really came in and triggered what took place today............ We had good balance............. When those guys came in (off the bench), they took it to another level."


Coach Anderson talked about what he thought was the key to the game.  "It was our defense. It all started with our defense.  Maybe in the second half, we came out thinking more offensively as opposed to defensively."


Coach Anderson called his second time out of the second half after slightly more than two minutes, and replaced J.T. Tiller, Kim English, and Justin Safford with Marcus Denmon, Mike Dixon, and Laurence Bowers.  He wasn't happy with the way that the starters had opened the second half.  Tiller and English had started off going one against the world, dribbling the ball too much, and forcing up bad shots.  As soon as Coach Anderson made the substitutions, the team on the floor re-instituted the Missouri "brand", turned up the defense, shared the ball, and got good shots.


Coach Anderson explained that he wants the Tigers to play "the right way" for "forty minutes, not just twenty minutes, or thirty minutes."


Senior guard Zaire Taylor talked about the game, and his improved shooting.  "Every game's a big game!  It just feels good to get a win after a tough road trip.............. I spent a lot of time (working on my shot) in the off-season.  When I was in New York, I worked with a shooting instructor, and Coach Z(immerman)'s a great shooting coach himself."


Taylor said, "I'm ready to go" play Oral Roberts on Wednesday.


Box Score   
Oregon 69
   Total 3-point  Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
24  LONGMIRE, LeKendric  f  4-13  1-2  2-2  7-2  9  2  11  1  1  0  1  26 
25  SINGLER, E.J.  f  1-3  0-1  0-0  0-0  0  3  2  0  2  1  0  23 
33  DUNIGAN, Michael  c  1-2  0-0  1-2  1-0  1  1  3  0  2  0  0  16 
11  ARMSTEAD, Malcolm  g  5-12  1-3  1-2  0-4  4  4  12  2  3  0  3  32 
32  WILLIAMS, Teondre  g  2-11  0-2  4-6  3-2  5  0  8  1  2  0  2  26 
03  SIM, Garrett  -  3-9  1-4  0-0  3-3  6  4  7  0  2  0  2  23 
12  PORTER, Tajuan  -  0-2  0-2  0-0  0-0  0  1  0  1  1  0  0  6 
21  WILSON, Jamil  -  3-13  0-3  5-5  4-3  7  4  11  0  2  0  0  18 
22  WILEY, Drew  -  2-2  1-1  0-0  0-0  0  2  5  0  2  0  0  7 
23  JACOB, Jeremy  -  0-4  0-0  4-4  3-2  5  0  4  0  2  0  0  11 
42  CRITTLE, Josh  -  1-1  0-0  4-6  2-1  3  2  6  0  0  0  0  12 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  1-2  3  -  -  -  1  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  22-72  4-18  21-27  24-19  43  23  69  5  20  1  8  200 
30.6%  22.2%  77.8% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT
1st Half:   8-33  3-13  5-8 
24.2%  23.1%  62.5% 
2nd Half:   14-39  1-5  16-19 
35.9%  20.0%  84.2% 
Missouri 106
   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  2-3  0-0  3-4  0-4  4  3  7  2  3  1  0  24 
23  SAFFORD, Justin  f  3-4  2-2  1-2  1-4  5  1  9  2  1  0  0  20 
24  ENGLISH, Kim  c  6-12  2-5  0-0  0-1  1  1  14  3  1  0  1  21 
04  TILLER, J.T.  g  3-4  0-1  4-4  0-0  0  3  10  0  3  0  0  13 
11  TAYLOR, Zaire  g  6-10  4-5  0-0  2-3  5  1  16  4  1  0  2  23 
03  PAUL, Miguel  -  1-1  0-0  0-2  0-1  1  1  2  6  4  0  1  14 
10  DIXON, Michael  -  3-7  1-4  3-5  0-3  3  3  10  3  0  0  1  20 
12  DENMON, Marcus  -  6-13  4-10  1-2  2-3  5  1  17  1  0  0  0  22 
21  BOWERS, Laurence  -  5-6  0-0  4-4  3-4  7  1  14  5  1  1  2  21 
25  SUTTON, Jarrett  -  1-1  1-1  0-0  0-0  0  0  3  0  0  0  0  2 
32  MOORE, Steve  -  0-1  0-1  0-0  0-1  1  4  0  2  0  2  0  13 
33  STONE, Tyler  -  1-1  0-0  0-0  0-0  0  0  2  0  0  1  0  3 
35  UNDERWOOD, John  -  0-1  0-0  2-2  1-0  1  2  2  0  0  0  0  4 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  0-2  2  -  -  -  1  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  37-64  14-29  18-25  9-26  35  21  106  28  15  5  7  200 
57.8%  48.3%  72.0% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT
1st Half:   18-30  9-17  8-12 
60.0%  52.9%  66.7% 
2nd Half:   19-34  5-12  10-13 
55.9%  41.7%  76.9% 
Score by Periods  1st   2nd   Total   
Oregon   24  45  69  Record: (4-3) 
Missouri   53  53  106  Record: (5-2) 


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