Mizzou-Baylor Postgame Notes

MUTIGERS.COM <i>Laurence Bowers scored 18 of his season-high 20 points in the second half.</i>
Laurence Bowers scored 18 of his season-high 20 points in the second half.

Feb. 23, 2011

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Mizzou Basketball Post Game Notes
February 23, 2011 vs. Baylor - Mizzou Arena
Mizzou 77, Baylor 59

Postgame Notes
- The win improves the Tigers to 22-6 and 8-5 in Big 12 play and keeps the Tigers in sole possession of fourth place in the Big 12.

- The win also keeps Mizzou's perfect home record this season intact as it is now 17-0 at Mizzou Arena in 2010-11. The 17 straight wins for the Tigers at home is their seventh-longest streak in program history. Mike Anderson is now 79-10 at home in his tenure at Mizzou.

- In looking deeper into the Tigers' play at home, over the last three years, Mizzou is now 52-2 at home and 21-2 against Big 12 foes in that span. The 18-point win on Wednesday also marks the Tigers' 13th win by at least 15 points over a Big 12 foe at home in that span.

- Mizzou has also won its last 10 home games against Baylor and the Bears remain winless in Columbia since 1948.

- Mizzou used a 14-4 run from the 14:59 mark until the 11:44 mark of the second half to extend its lead to 18 points, which at the time was its largest lead of the game. That run put the game out of reach for the Bears.

- Ricardo Ratliffe posted the fifth double-double of his career on Wednesday, scoring 11 points and pulling in 13 rebounds, his second-best total of the season. His best outing on the glass was a 14-rebound effort against LaSalle on Nov. 24, 2010. He got his double-double after scoring his 11th point on a 3-point basket at the 8:31 mark of the second half. The 3-point basket was just his third of the season - his other two came at Kansas.

- Laurence Bowers scored just two points on 1-5 shooting in the first half, but exploded in the second half, scoring 18 points to finish the game with a season-best 20 points. He was just three points away from matching his career high and he was just one board away from his third double-double of the season.

- The play of Bowers and Ratliffe was a key reason why Mizzou was able to out-score a larger Baylor in the paint 32-24 and out-rebound the Bears 36-34, including 25-15 in the first half.

- Kim English scored 16 points in the game, matching his best point total over his last five games.

- Mizzou assisted on more than half of its field goals as it had 15 assists on 29 made baskets. Conversely, Mizzou held Baylor to just six assists on 25 made baskets.

- The Tigers forced 21 Baylor turnovers and converted those miscues into 22 points. Of those 21 turnovers, Mizzou posted 14 steals, just four off of its season-best 18 against North Florida on Nov. 20, 2010.

First Half Notes
- Mizzou ran out to a 9-4 lead at the first media time out, due in large part to the Tigers' ability to hit the glass. In fact, the Tigers out-rebounded Baylor - which started a pair of 6-11 players and another 6-10 player - 10-3 in the first 5:48 of the game.

- Mizzou used a 9-0 run over a span of 1:58 in the middle of the first to gain a 29-15 lead. The run was capped on a layup by Ricardo Ratliffe that was scored after a pair of offensive rebounds.

- Staying on the rebounding topic, Mizzou grabbed 25 rebounds in the first half, 10 more than Baylor, which started a pair of 6-11 players and one 6-10 player. Of those 25 rebounds, 10 were off the offensive glass and were converted into eight second chance points.

- Mizzou held Baylor to just 20 points in the first half, good for the Tigers' best defensive half during Big 12 play. In fact, it was Baylor's second-worst first-half point total of the season. Its worst was 18 scored in its loss at Kansas State. In fact, it was Mizzou's fourth-best half defensively all season. Only Northern Illinois (17), Presbyterian (18) and Central Arkansas (19) scored fewer points than the Bears against a Tiger team in a single half. Baylor hit a last-second 3-pointer from half court, otherwise it would have been the Tigers' best half of the season defensively.

- A big reason why Mizzou was able to limit Baylor to 20 points was its defense on Baylor's top two scorers, Lacedarius Dunn and Perry Jones III. In fact, those two players came in averaging 20.8 and 14.3 points per game, respectively, but were held to just two points on 1-12 shooting. That was the worst combined half for those two players all season.

- Mizzou also forced 11 Baylor turnovers and held the Bears to 30-percent shooting in the first.



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