Nov. 22, 2011
Mizzou claimed the CBE Classic for the second time in the event's history. The team also won the event in 2001 when they defeated Iowa 78-77 in the title game. The team joins Creighton (2002 and 2004) and Texas (2005 and 2009) as the only two-time winners of the event.
Missouri is now a perfect 2-0 in the event's title game.
The 39-point victory was Missouri's largest over a ranked opponent since at least 1949.
Mizzou's 39-point win marked the biggest ever margin of victory in the CBE Classic championship game. The previous biggest point differential was 16 (Texas 78, Pittsburgh 62) in 2009.
Seniors Marcus Denmon was named the 2011 Progressive CBE Classic MVP, while senior Kim English was also named to the all-tournament team.
The Tigers won a regular season tournament for the second consecutive season. The team claimed the Cancun Challege a year ago.
The Tigers improved to 13-3 all-time in the event. The 13 wins are an event record.
Missouri opened the season 5-0 for the second straight season and the 24th time in program history.
The Tigers shot a season high 58.8 (30-of-51) from the field in the game. Over the last two contests, the team is shooting an incredible 58.5 (62-of-106) percent.
Six different Tigers reached double figures for the first time this season and the first time since Jan. 13, 2010 against Texas Tech. Five Tigers have reached the 10-point mark in two games this season and four players in all five games this year.
Missouri scored a season high 92 points, five points better than the previous high of 87 set against Notre Dame on Nov. 21.
Mizzou's 39 point win was its largest of the season.
Senior Steve Moore recorded a career high 10 points. His previous high was nine, which he posted against Western Illinois on Nov. 18, 2010. Moore also tied his career best in steals with three.
Junior Michael Dixon moved into first place on Mizzou's all-time free throw list at 85.1 percent, passing Jon Sundvold (84.8) after knocking down all six of his attempts.
The Tigers forced Cal to commit 14 first half turnovers, the highest output by an MU opponent in a half this season.
Senior Ricardo Ratliffe hit 5-of-6 shots from the field to up his season shooting percentage to 65 percent. He entered the contest ranked second among all Big 12 players in the category.
The Tigers shot over 50 percent in both halfs to mark the second straight game the team accomplished the feat. The last time Mizzou did it in back-to-back games was against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 28) and Georgetown (Nov. 30) of last year.
The Tigers improved to 5-2 all-time against Cal.
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