Strong Second Half Leads To Tigers' 72-63 Win Over Gardner-Webb

Freshman Johnathan Williams, III grabs one of his career-high 17 rebounds

Freshman Johnathan Williams, III grabs one of his career-high 17 rebounds

Nov. 23, 2013

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Tigers used an impressive second half shooting effort to pull away late, as they toppled the visiting Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs 72-63 Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.

Mizzou and Gardner-Webb played a tight game throughout the first half, as there were two ties and two lead changes. The Tigers shot 37.1-percent from the field in the first 20 minutes, while the Runnin' Bulldogs fared a little better at 39.3-percent.

Gardner-Webb used four first half three-pointers to remain close with Mizzou, while the Tigers failed to hit one behind the arc (0-for-8). Despite not recording a three in the half, Mizzou still held a 31-29 advantage after one half.

Freshman Johnathan Williams, III led an impressive 28-14 rebound advantage in the first half for Mizzou, as he picked up 10 boards alone (six offensive and four defensive).

Gardner Webb's Naji Hibbert led his team's scoring attack with 14 first-half points, on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.

The second half brought better fortunes for the Tigers' shooting, as they hit 12-of-22 from the floor (54.5-percent). The half also saw the only two three-pointers of the game for Mizzou, after junior Jabari Brown and senior Earnest Ross each tallied one.

Mizzou used their impressive second half shooting effort to pull away against Gardner Webb, and led by as many as 20 points in the half. The Tigers big men dominated throughout the afternoon, as they outscored the Runnin' Bulldogs in the paint by a 46-18 margin.

After an outstanding 10 first half rebounds for Williams, III, he would finish with a new career-high 17 in the ballgame. Earnest Ross established a new season-high in points, after producing 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field. Ross also was a perfect 6-for-6 from the charity stripe.

The Tigers return to action on Monday, Nov. 25, as they will host the IUPUI Jaguars at Mizzou Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT and will be televised on MSN. For the latest information on Mizzou Basketball, check-in at and follow the team on Twitter @MizzouHoops.



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