Nov. 6, 2008
Columbia, Mo. -
Kansas City natives Leo Lyons and Marcus Denmon each dropped in 12 points to pace five Tigers in double figures as Missouri Basketball handled Lincoln University 97-54 Thursday night in exhibition action.
"I think you saw some opening night jitters from a number of our guys tonight," Head Coach Mike Anderson said. "They settled down, but we played a little too quickly and had too many turnovers. But it was an exhibition game for us, a chance to get under the lights and play in front of our fans. I also want to point out the great support we had from our students. I can't thank them enough for their support."
Missouri built a 56-27 advantage at the half led by newcomer Zaire Taylor, who scored all 11 of his tallies in the opening frame. The Staten Island, N.Y., native hit 4-of-5 shots in that opening period and recorded one steal. Taylor finished with two steals on the night, just behind DeMarre Carroll and J.T. Tiller who each had four total thefts.
"I think I started pressing a little bit in the second half and just didn't play my game," Taylor said. "I do think the guys played hard all night. We have some things to work on, it was just our first game, but it was great getting back out there. It was awesome putting on that Missouri uniform."
Mizzou forced 38 turnovers and recorded 21 steals on the evening, but turned it over 22 times themselves in the 43-point triumph.
"We turned it over way too much tonight," J.T. Tiller said. "We have to take the way we practice and carry it over into the game. It's as simple as that. We need to focus on ourselves out there and not make silly turnovers."
Missouri returns to action on Nov. 11 against Missouri Southern. That contest is the final exhibition tune-up for the Tigers who open regular-season action on Nov. 15 against Prairie View A&M.