LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Kim English scored 20 points, Marcus Denman
added 17 and No. 7 Missouri hit a season-best 16 3-pointers to beat Texas Tech
81-59 on Saturday.
Denmon scored all his points in the second half,
going 5 of 8 from 3-point range in the half, and Ricardo Ratliffe
finished with 13 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
The Tigers (27-4,
14-3 Big 12) slowly pulled away in the second half with 12 of their 3s coming after halftime.
The win gave
Missouri a school record for victories in the regular season.
Texas Tech (8-22,
1-17) stayed with the Tigers in the first half but couldn't keep up with
Missouri's long-range barrage, walking away with its worst ever finish in Big
Jaye Crockett scored 17 points and Ty Nurse
added 12 for the Red Raiders.
The Tigers turned
to the 3-pointer early in the second half and got nine of their first 11 field
goals in the opening 12 minutes from beyond the arc to go up 64-48.
They had six in a
row at one point, with Denmon hitting four of them
after going scoreless in the first half.
They hit 16 of 26
from 3-point range (61.5 percent). Ratliffe dominated
the offensive glass, grabbing his 12th rebound with 10 minutes remaining in the
outrebounded the Red Raiders 30-23 and got 14 second-chance points off 11
offensive rebounds. Ratliffe had eight of those 11.
After a somewhat
lethargic opening half, the Tigers moved the ball around and shared it after
the break, finishing with 18 assists - led by Phil Pressey's
Missouri turned the
ball over just once in the second half.
the lone senior playing his final home game, pulled Texas Tech to 32-30 to open
the second half, but back-to-back 3s by Matt Pressey
put the Tigers up 38-30.
Ratliffe added a bucket and Denmon,
Missouri's leading scorer, got his first points of the game on a 3-pointer to
put the Tigers up 43-33 with 16:32 remaining.
from the field early, hitting on just 10 of 25 from the field in the first
dominated the boards, however, but scored only three field goals - two of them putbacks - in the final 11 minutes of the first half.
The Red Raiders
used a 10-4 run, including five points from Luke Adams, who hit a 3 to pull
them to 21-20 with 5:13 remaining. Missouri then stretched the lead to 32-26 on
two free throws each from English and Michael Dixon.
Texas Tech's Clark Lammert
scored off a rebound to close the half with the Tigers up 32-28.