Tigers Cruise By Arkansas Pine-Bluff 88-70

Men's basketball team improves to 7-3 on the year with homecourt victory

P>On Saturday evening, at Mizzou Arena, the Missouri Tigers (7-3) defeated the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions (0-9) by the score of  88-70.


Freshman G Michael Dixon continued to make a strong case to remain in the starting line-up, as he helped get the Tigers off to a fast start with his defensive intensity and by getting the Tigers' froncourt players involved on the offensive end.  Dixon was one of four Tigers who scored in double figures, with 13 points, to go with three steals and three assists against only one turnover.

Justin Safford and Marcus Denmon came off the bench and had big games, each garnering a career high nine rebounds, as Missouri out rebounded their opponent for one of the few times this year.


Following the win, Coach Anderson talked about the win.  "I thought our guys played well.  I thought they played with great energy.......... It was good to see the real Justin Safford!"

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br />Miguel Paul came off the bench and played well.  After the game, he talked about his contribution. "We came out with a W.  That's what's important."


With Missouri building a 26 point first half lead, before the Lions clawed their way back into the game at the end of the first half, it became obvious that Coach Anderson does not agree with me about increased playing time for freshman big man, Jon Underwood.  Underwood and fellow freshman, Tyler Stone, each played only three minutes at the end of the game, with Missouri up by a large margin.  While I don't agree with Coach on this one, it appears that he has settled on a ten man rotation that includes Steve Moore as the fourth front line player and tenth man.  If Safford can continue his play from this game, the fourth forward may not be nearly as big of an issue, with the top three, Keith Ramsey, Laurence Bowers, and Safford, averaging a combined 70-75 minutes/game.


This year's team is not a finished product, and will likely continue to improve throughout the conference season.  That's very encouraging for Tigers' fans, because in many ways, this team is ahead of where last year's team was at this same time.


Box Score  


Arkansas-Pine Bluff 70
   Total 3-point  Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
35  WEATHERS, Lebaron  f  6-13  0-3  4-6  2-10  12  4  16  0  5  1  1  29 
44  GLASS, Tyree  f  1-4  1-1  2-2  3-2  5  5  5  0  4  1  0  17 
14  CALVIN, Terrance  g  5-13  0-1  5-5  1-4  5  2  15  5  3  0  0  38 
21  WASHINGTON, Tavaris  g  2-6  0-1  6-7  1-2  3  2  10  1  2  0  2  25 
23  TOWNSEND, Savalance  g  2-6  0-2  0-0  1-1  2  1  4  2  3  0  0  21 
01  MARTIN, Vincent  -  0-3  0-0  0-0  2-0  2  0  0  0  0  0  1  4 
03  MOORE, Dominic  -  3-6  1-2  2-2  2-2  4  1  9  1  1  1  0  14 
13  COLLINS, Stephan  -  1-2  0-0  0-0  2-0  2  1  2  1  0  0  0  14 
15  SMITH, Allen  -  3-5  2-3  1-2  0-2  2  0  9  0  1  0  0  21 
22  DAVIS, George  -  0-3  0-0  0-1  1-0  1  3  0  0  1  2  1  15 
50  BARNETT, Hugh  -  0-0  0-0  0-0  0-0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  2 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  2-2  4  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  23-61  4-13  20-25  17-25  42  19  70  10  20  5  5  200 
37.7%  30.8%  80.0% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT
1st Half:   12-29  1-5  4-6 
41.4%  20.0%  66.7% 
2nd Half:   11-32  3-8  16-19 
34.4%  37.5%  84.2% 


Missouri 88
   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  4-6  0-0  2-2  5-0  5  1  10  0  1  1  3  27 
21  BOWERS, Laurence  f  4-7  0-0  4-4  2-4  6  4  12  1  1  2  0  18 
10  DIXON, Michael  g  5-9  1-4  2-2  0-3  3  2  13  3  1  0  3  24 
11  TAYLOR, Zaire  g  3-4  2-2  1-2  1-0  1  4  9  2  1  0  1  27 
24  ENGLISH, Kim  g  6-14  3-5  3-4  2-2  4  1  18  2  3  0  3  25 
03  PAUL, Miguel  -  2-4  1-3  3-4  0-1  1  3  8  3  0  0  1  18 
12  DENMON, Marcus  -  3-11  1-5  0-0  3-6  9  1  7  4  2  1  1  22 
23  SAFFORD, Justin  -  4-11  0-0  1-2  2-7  9  3  9  1  1  1  1  17 
25  SUTTON, Jarrett  -  0-1  0-1  0-0  0-1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  3 
32  MOORE, Steve  -  0-1  0-0  2-2  0-1  1  2  2  0  1  2  0  13 
33  STONE, Tyler  -  0-3  0-0  0-0  1-0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  3 
35  UNDERWOOD, John  -  0-0  0-0  0-0  0-0  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  3 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  2-0  2  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  31-71  8-20  18-22  18-25  43  23  88  16  12  7  13  200 
43.7%  40.0%  81.8% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT
1st Half:   13-31  3-11  11-14 
41.9%  27.3%  78.6% 
2nd Half:   18-40  5-9  7-8 
45.0%  55.6%  87.5% 
Score by Periods  1st   2nd   Total   
Arkansas-Pine Bluff   29  41  70  Record: (0-9) 
Missouri   40  48  88  Record: (7-3)


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