Tigers Handle Huskers 70-53

The Missouri Tigers took care of Nebraska at home by 17 after a slow start

On Saturday evening at Mizzou Arena, the Missouri Tigers (15-4, 3-1) defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers (12-7, 0-4) by the final score of 70-53.


Missouri received career performances from junior big man Justin Safford (9 pts., 11 rebounds, 33 minutes), and sophomore guard Miguel Paul (15 pts.).  Safford and his Tiger teammates out rebounded Nebraska 33-28, and converted second chances into points.  The Tigers also shot very, very well from the FT line (18-21), on an evening when Nebraska was pretty effective at slowing down the pace of the game, and for the most part kept Missouri from really getting into their preferred rhythm.


Actually, the Tigers were able to speed up the pace of the game for short spurts, but Nebraska managed to interrupt those spurts with periods of walk-it-up lengthy possessions.  The Cornhuskers did a good job of taking care of the basketball, committing only 12 turnovers.


Afterwards, Coach Anderson talked about the win over Nebraska.  "They're going to hold the ball.  They're going to make it a grinder.  That's just what they do.  They want it to be a possession game.  They want it to be in the 60s, or the 50s, or even the 40s............. Hat's off to our guys.  I thought in the second half we came out, and we put Mike (Dixon) in the line-up.  I thought we injected a lot more energy.............  I thought in the second half, we got more into a rhythm.  We were more in attack mode.  We went inside, and I think the result of that is we got to the line 21 times, and we made 18 of them."


Coach Anderson talked about the spark his team received from the play of Miguel Paul.  "We talk about getting more efficient.  That's probably as efficient as you can get, for a guy coming off (the bench).  And see, to me, it wasn't even about his offense.  I just thought (it was) his energy level.  He was using his quickness to really cause havoc on the defensive side of the ball.  And he plays so hard too, he really got tired there at the end.  And, the thing I liked about it, he came off, and he said, "Hey Coach, let's let J.T. finish it home."  Now, that's a young guy looking up to a senior."


Tiller was asked about Paul's contribution.  He replied, "Miguel coming in and giving the team the energy and production that he did it was very big for this team. He gave us exactly what we needed to get over that hump."


Coach Anderson continued, talking about the play of Justin Safford.  "He was a beast on the board today, and that was huge for us............  I thought he was big on the offensive glass. If he didn't get it, he'd tap it, and we'd come up with it. It was good to see Justin play with that kind of aggressiveness, and that kind of mindset.  That's what we're going to need as we continue in Big 12 play."


Missouri did a better job on Saturday of taking care of the basketball, with 9 assists to only 5 turnovers, but settled for too many outside shots early in the game.  In the second half, they attacked the basket, shot a higher percentage from the field, and got to the FT line, where they hit 86% for the game.  Rebounding and hitting FTs.  Another way to win a game, when the Tigers played pretty good defense, but not the smothering, lock-down defense I'd like to see from them.  One good thing about the contribution from the bench on Saturday is that most of the Tigers only played about 20 minutes, so they should have their legs Monday night.


Box Score 
Nebraska 53
  Total 3-point  Rebounds


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


21  Diaz, Jorge Brian  c  1-3  0-0  0-0  1-1  2  0  2  1  3  2  0  21 
03  Richardson, Brandon  g  3-5  0-2  5-6  0-5  5  4  11  1  1  0  1  31 
05  Henry, Sek  g  5-8  2-5  3-4  1-1  2  1  15  2  4  0  0  29 
34  Jeter, Lance  g  3-9  0-1  1-1  2-5  7  3  7  2  1  0  2  33 
44  Anderson, Ryan  g  1-4  0-2  3-4  0-6  6  1  5  2  0  0  1  31 
01  Jones, Eshaunte  -  0-1  0-1  0-0  0-0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  8 
02  Holley, Myles  -  1-4  0-0  0-0  1-1  2  4  2  0  0  0  0  12 
13  Ubel, Brandon  -  0-0  0-0  0-0  0-1  1  1  0  0  1  0  0  11 
15  Gallegos, Ray  -  3-7  2-5  0-0  0-1  1  0  8  0  1  0  0  17 
23  Hankins-Cole, Quincy  -  1-3  0-0  1-2  1-1  2  2  3  0  0  0  0  7 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  0-0  0  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  18-44  4-16  13-17  6-22  28  16  53  8  12  2  4  200 
40.9%  25.0%  76.5% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT
1st Half:  9-23  2-7  6-7 
39.1%  28.6%  85.7% 
2nd Half:  9-21  2-9  7-10 
42.9%  22.2%  70.0% 


Missouri 70
  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  1-1  0-0  0-0  0-2  2  0  2  1  1  0  0  22 
23  SAFFORD, Justin  f  4-9  1-3  0-0  4-7  11  1  9  2  1  0  0  33 
04  TILLER, J.T.  g  2-7  1-3  2-2  0-0  0  4  7  3  2  0  0  19 
11  TAYLOR, Zaire  g  2-7  0-4  8-8  0-1  1  1  12  1  0  0  2  30 
24  ENGLISH, Kim  g  2-9  1-5  1-2  2-1  3  1  6  1  0  0  0  15 
03  PAUL, Miguel  -  5-6  2-3  3-3  0-2  2  0  15  0  0  0  1  16 
10  DIXON, Michael  -  2-4  1-3  2-2  0-2  2  2  7  0  0  0  1  21 
12  DENMON, Marcus  -  2-6  1-3  0-0  1-1  2  3  5  1  0  0  0  20 
21  BOWERS, Laurence  -  2-7  1-4  2-4  2-3  5  2  7  0  1  0  1  21 
32  MOORE, Steve  -  0-0  0-0  0-0  0-0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  3 
TM  TEAM  -  -  -  -  3-2  5  -  -  -  -  -  -  - 
  Totals..............  -  22-56  8-28  18-21  12-21  33  14  70  9  5  0  5  200 
39.3%  28.6%  85.7% 
Team summary:  FG 3FG FT


1st Half:  11-29  5-17  1-2 
37.9%  29.4%  50.0% 
2nd Half:  11-27  3-11  17-19 
40.7%  27.3%  89.5% 
Score by Periods  1st  2nd  Total   
Nebraska  26  27  53  Record: (12-7, 0-4) 
Missouri  28  42  70  Record: (15-4, 3-1) 


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