NCAA Game Summary - Tennessee State at Missouri|
(Saturday, December 8th)
Final Score: (12) Missouri 68, Tennessee State 38
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Laurence Bowers recorded a double-double with
18 points and 10 rebounds, as 12th-ranked Missouri used a big second half to
beat Tennessee State, 68-38.
Alex Oriakhi added 15 points and 10 boards for Missouri (8-1), which is off to
an 8-1 start for the third consecutive season. Stefan Jankovic donated 14
"The defense was great, especially in the second half," Oriakhi said. "We just
responded as a team; we said we have to get stops and that's exactly what we
did. From our defensive rebounding to contesting shots, it was great. We
definitely showed improvement."
Missouri has won 71 straight home games against non-conference opponents.
Robert Covington and Jordan Cyphers had 12 and 11 points, respectively, for
Tennessee State (4-6), which had a three-game winning streak snapped.
Tennessee State held an 18-15 lead with under nine minutes left in the first
However, Missouri responded with an 8-2 spurt to end the half. Bowers tallied
five points during the flurry, including a 3-pointer to give Missouri a 23-20
lead at the break.
Missouri then put the game away with a huge second half. The home team started
the final period on a 14-3 run. Negus Webster-Chan capped the burst with a 3-
pointer to make it 37-23 with 12:39 remaining.
Missouri outscored Tennessee State by a 45-18 margin in the second half.
"In the first half, we can definitely play with (anyone) when we're playing
our type of basketball," Tennessee State head coach Travis Williams said. "We
played well the first half; we played smart, got some shots that we wanted,
and played well defensively the first half. The second half was a big let down
for us. We let (Missouri) throw the first punch in the first four minutes of
the second half and it dictated how the second half was going to be."
Missouri won the only previous matchup between these two teams, taking an
89-75 decision in the 1995 season opener ... Missouri has won 23 consecutive
games in the month of December dating back to Dec. 12, 2009 ... Missouri shot
45.3 percent from the field and went 15-of-19 from the foul line ... Tennessee
State made 23.8 percent of its shots and went 2-of-5 from the charity stripe.
12/08 17:56:32 ET