NCAA Game Summary - SIU-Edwardsville at Missouri
(Saturday, November 10th)
Final Score: (15) Missouri 83, SIU-Edwardsville 69
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Laurence Bowers poured in 20 points and
grabbed seven rebounds as No. 15 Missouri dropped SIU-Edwardsville, 83-69, in
the season opener for both teams.
Phil Pressey scored 19 points to go with nine assists and five boards, while
Negus Webster-Chan contributed 11 points off the bench for Missouri (1-0),
which went 30-5 last year, earning a No. 2 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament
before being upset by No. 15 seed Norfolk State.
"I'm just trying to do what the team needs me to do," freshman Webster-Chan
said. "If they need me to make shots I'm going to make shots."
Jerome Jones drained five 3-pointers en route to a team-high 17 points for
SIU-Edwardsville (0-1), which played its inaugural season as a member of the
Ohio Valley Conference last year, and went 10-17 overall.
Michael Messer scored 13 points off the bench, while Kris Davis and Maurice
Wiltz scored 11 points apiece in the setback.
The game remained close for the majority of the first half with the Cougars
holding a 13-12 advantage and 12:29 remaining on the first half clock.
A layup by Jones extended the SIU lead to six, but the Tigers battled back
with a mini 9-5 push to cut the deficit to 23-21 with 8:39 left in the opening
A Jones 3-pointer extended the lead back to five, but Missouri responded with
eight straight points to take the lead at 29-26 with six minutes to play.
Jones drained another trey with 3:27 left to make it a 33-29 SIU lead, but the
Tigers offense finally awoke and they began to pull away late in the half.
Earnest Ross hit 1-of-2 from the line to ignite Missouri on an 11-1 run to
close out the first half with a 40-34 lead.
Missouri put the game away by opening the second half with a 22-8 run over the
first seven-plus minutes of the half. Bowers capped the sprint with a monster
slam, giving the Tigers a comfortable 62-42 advantage with 12:57 to play.
"We had 20 assists tonight," Missouri coach Frank Haith remarked. "You know,
you go out and have 20 assists in a ball game, that's pretty impressive."
The Tigers led by double digits the rest of the way, en route to an easy
Missouri improved to 68-4 at Missouri Arena since the 2008-09 season ... The
Tigers shot 47.1 percent from the floor and held SIU to just 33.3 percent ...
Missouri outrebounded SIU, 50-40.
11/10 20:38:25 ET
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