Nov. 13, 2009
Missouri 83, Northwest Missouri State 60
COLUMBIA, Mo.-Marcus Denmon and Laurence Bowers came off the bench and scored 13 points each to lead Missouri to an 83-60 win against Northwest Missouri State in exhibition play Friday at Mizzou Arena.
J.T. Tiller scored 12 points and Kim English added 11 for the Tigers, who scored 38 points off 32 Northwest turnovers.
The Bearcats scored the game's first five points and didn't surrender the lead until the 13-minute mark of the first half. Missouri led 34-32 with less than four minutes to play before the break. An 11-0 run by the Tigers capped by a three-pointer before the first-half horn by English gave Missouri a 45-32 lead at the break.
Northwest's drought continued through the start of the second. Michael Dixon hit back-to-back jumpers and Denmon got a layup to give Missouri a 56-36 lead at the 13-minute mark of the second. Missouri's largest lead was 74-43 with less than eight minutes to go.
Northwest shot better from the field than Missouri and matched the Tigers in rebounds. The difference, though, was the turnovers.
"I thought we competed and matched their energy and effort," said Northwest head coach Ben McCollum, who made his debut with the Bearcats. "We handled the press fine, but once we got across, they forced us into some silly mistakes. It's difficult when they speed you up that much."
Northwest got 12 points from Edriss Floyd and 11 from Girod Adams. Floyd made half of the Bearcats' six three-pointers. Elijah Allen finished with seven points and a game-high nine rebounds.
"Our team got after it and maintained its toughness throughout," said McCollum. "That was the most fun I've had in a long time - except for the fouls."
Northwest was whistled for 32 in the contest and Missouri capitalized by going 25-of-38 from the charity stripe. The Bearcats were 10-for-17. Northwest had more fast-break points than their run-and-gun counterparts, 15-12, and forced the Tigers into 16 turnovers.
The season officially begins Monday when the Bearcats host Manhattan Christian at 7 p.m. inside Bearcat Arena. Northwest will play its first six games at home.
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