DeMarre Carroll scored a game high 20 points for the Tigers.
Aug. 30, 2008
St. Catherines, Ontario -
Mizzou Basketball jumped out to a 30-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and cruised to a 120-80 victory over the Ontario All-Stars Saturday afternoon in St. Catherines, Ontario.
The Tigers used a number of line-ups, including stints with five of the team's seven newcomers in the game at the same time, as the club rolled to the 40-point win.
The Ontario All-Stars, a team comprised of former NCAA Division I and Canadian collegiate basketball players, were never in the game, as they fell behind 15-0 early and never recovered. The team led 62-36 at the half and 94-57 at the end of the third period.
DeMarre Carroll led Missouri with 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the floor, while fellow big man Justin Safford added 16. Safford was 7-of-10 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from three-point range.
Missouri also got great play from its highly-anticipated core of newcomers. Freshman guard Kim English knocked home 4-of-7 three-points en route to 12 points, Miguel Paul scored eight points and dished a game-high five assists and Zaire Taylor led all players with five steals.
For the game Missouri shot 58.3 percent from the floor (49-of-84) and 51.7 percent from three-point range (15-of-29). The team also dished 29 assists, with nine players dishing two or more dimes and forced 27 turnovers.
Missouri returns to action on Sunday at 2 p.m. (CT) vs. the defending Canadian National Champion Brock University Badgers. MUTigers.com will once again provide a live blog of the action.
Post-Game Quotes From Missouri's 120-80 win over the Ontario All-Stars
Mizzou Head Coach Mike Anderson Quotes:
"I think the fact we got so many combinations of players out there was the most important thing today. We got a number of guys some playing time, to see how they react when the lights come on."
"Each game will get a little tougher, so I don't know how much we could tell about today, but I liked the way we started out. We started out fast and the game kind of played out from there, but again, it just kind of is what it is, an exhibition game in August."
"What did we hit, 15 three-pointers? That's pretty good. We have some more shooters, that's for sure."
Mizzou Basketball Player Quotes:
DeMarre Carroll Quotes:
"It was good getting out there to try and teach these new guys our style of play. We had a few practices under our belts, but the game is where you can see how these guys react."
"We shot it well from three early on and that opened up the inside. We actually started a little slow shooting, but those guys heated up in a hurry."
Matt Lawrence Quotes:
"It was good getting back out there in a competitive situation and watch some of our new guys play in that setting. I felt like they played well in their first game. We got off to a great start and kept the pressure on them."
"Every game here is going to get a little tougher, but it's good to get the jitters of that first game out of the way and then try to improve from there. We got a lot of looks at some different combinations and a lot of guys got some important playing time, that's probably the most important thing."
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