Tigers handle Fairleigh Dickinson with ease

Tigers handle Fairleigh Dickinson with ease at home on Saturday night

On Saturday evening at Mizzou Arena, the Missouri Tigers (6-3) defeated the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights (1-10) by the final score of 87-36.


Fairleigh Dickinson's 36 point output is a Mizzou Arena record, as was their 21.4 FG%. The Knights are small, but slow.  NW Missouri State provided the Tigers a much stiffer challenge.


I don't have much to say about this game, except that the Knights were so completely overmatched that I'm not sure this game was of much value to the Tigers.  The lone positive is that Coach Anderson was able to clear his bench early, and some of the young guys played significantly.


Head Coach Mike Anderson shared his thoughts about the evening.  "I thought the energy level was really good tonight. It started with our defense and when this team plays with that kind of energy and they are on the same page defensively, a lot of good things happen. Now the goal for this basketball team is to take that same kind of energy on the road. I think we have the pieces here. I tell the guys, it's like putting together a puzzle with this team you're trying to find the pieces that fit. And that's why take some guys to the line just to see how they would come out and perform. A guy like Mike Dixon and Laurence Bowers, I thought they came out and they did well. There's not a whole lot of difference in the talent level between the players. If we can keep these guys hungry and humble then I think we really got a chance to get better ."


Coach Anerson continued, and talked about bringing this past week's practice intensity to the game. "It was really good. I think there was some carry over. We have guys that play for us and they know hard it is when you play with the energy level on defense. It's hard to go 4 or 5 minutes at a time. Somehow in some guys' minds they paced themselves. For the most part tonight I saw guys really get up and get after it and then the next wave of guys came on and continued to play really good basketball. It created a really easy opportunity, but I can't say enough about our defense. I think the first half took a lot out of Farleigh Dickinson. They had some guys playing 20 minutes where my guys were playing 10, 9, 8 minutes and were coming at them in waves."


Coach Anderson continued his assessment of his team's play. "It was good. We just got to continue to get better. We are a work in progress. I'm going to be our harshest critic. It's one thing to play one way at home but good teams are consistent and they do it on the road. So we are searching for that consistency. So I can know what I'm going to get out of each guy. As you put the pieces together, I got to know what I'm going to get out of each guy, each night.  Keith Ramsey, he may not show it in points but he's very good. He's very important to what we do, he's always around the ball, loose balls, rebounds, he's fixing things on defense. I think it's just a matter of time before things to start taking place for him, in terms of scoring."


Coach Anerson talked about the benefit of getting serious playing time for the younger guys. "It can't do anything but help their confidence. The more that guys get the chance to play, the happier the team is, especially when you win. I'm not real happy yet, but we're getting better, we're a work in progress. I want to see us really continue to improve and take that away from the confines of Mizzou Arena."


As expected, Coach Anderson shook up his starting line-up, inserting Laurence Bowers and Mike Dixon in place of Justin Safford and Zaire Taylor.  Afterward, Taylor was asked about not starting.  He replied, "I don't concern myself with that stuff.  I can only play as hard as I can when I'm out there.  It wasn't a main concern of mine. I just went out there and played hard............ Mike [Dixon] played some real good basketball, and Kim clearly stands out with 20 points.  It was really a balanced attack and Laurence shot 6-for-8 from the field, so when you look at those three guys they really jump out at you.  Everybody shot the ball well.  Everybody, besides me was over 50 percent. We all played well as a whole. I don't think it was any individual effort."


Box Score   
Fairleigh Dickinson 36

Total 3-point  Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min


01  GRIER, Terence  f  5-12  1-3  1-3  3-2  5  2  12  0  6  0  2  27 
44  SVRDLIK, Kamil  f  4-8  1-4  2-4  2-2  4  3  11  0  4  2  0  32 
50  GALVIN, John  f  2-9  1-2  5-7  4-4  8  2  10  1  1  1  0  27 
12  SCOTT, Mike  g  0-8  0-5  1-2  0-1  1  0  1  4  3  0  4  29 
30  BAPTISTE, Sean  g  1-8  0-5  0-0  0-5  5  3  2  1  4  0  0  28 
00  MULUMBA, Anaclet  -  0-3  0-0  0-0  0-6  6  1  0  0  3  0  0  16 
10  FERNLEY, Sam  -  0-3  0-3  0-0  0-2  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  11 
22  LARIZZA, Louis  -  0-2  0-0  0-0  0-1  1  1  0  1  2  0  1  12 
35  BROWN, Lawrence  -  0-0  0-0  0-0  1-0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  3 
52  PURSLEY, DeJuan  -  0-3  0-0  0-0  1-2  3  2  0  0  2  0  0  15 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  4-0  4  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  12-56  3-22  9-16  15-25  40  15  36  7  26  3  7  200 
21.4%  13.6%  56.3% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT
1st Half:   8-29  1-9  3-5 
27.6%  11.1%  60.0% 
2nd Half:   4-27  2-13  6-11 
14.8%  15.4%  54.5% 


Missouri 87
   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  0-3  0-0  2-2  0-6  6  1  2  1  1  1  1  20 
21  BOWERS, Laurence  f  6-8  0-0  0-0  3-2  5  0  12  2  1  1  0  18 
04  TILLER, J.T.  g  2-4  1-1  0-0  2-0  2  1  5  1  1  0  1  16 
10  DIXON, Michael  g  4-7  2-3  0-0  0-3  3  0  10  5  1  0  0  20 
24  ENGLISH, Kim  g  7-14  4-9  2-2  1-2  3  3  20  2  2  0  4  16 
03  PAUL, Miguel  -  3-5  1-2  0-0  1-0  1  1  7  2  1  0  1  15 
11  TAYLOR, Zaire  -  2-6  1-2  2-2  0-3  3  1  7  2  2  1  7  18 
12  DENMON, Marcus  -  3-7  3-6  0-0  0-2  2  0  9  2  1  0  1  18 
23  SAFFORD, Justin  -  2-3  0-0  0-0  0-3  3  0  4  4  2  2  1  18 
25  SUTTON, Jarrett  -  0-4  0-4  0-0  0-0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  6 
32  MOORE, Steve  -  1-3  0-0  0-1  1-1  2  3  2  1  2  3  2  16 
33  STONE, Tyler  -  3-4  0-0  0-1  1-3  4  1  6  1  0  0  0  9 
35  UNDERWOOD, John  -  0-3  0-0  3-4  3-4  7  3  3  0  0  1  0  10 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  3-2  5  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  33-71  12-27  9-12  15-31  46  14  87  23  14  9  18  200 
46.5%  44.4%  75.0% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT
1st Half:   18-36  7-13  2-3 
50.0%  53.8%  66.7% 
2nd Half:   15-35  5-14  7-9 
42.9%  35.7%  77.8% 
Score by Periods  1st   2nd   Total   
Fairleigh Dickinson   20  16  36  Record: (1-10) 
Missouri   45  42  87  Record: (6-3) 


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