Mizzou 84, Oklahoma 61: Bench fuels Tigers win over Sooners
February 12, 2011
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The Missouri Tigers may not have a road win this season, but they are still perfect at home after defeating the Oklahoma Sooners by a score of 84-61 Saturday.
Oklahoma hung with the Tigers through much of the first half, trailing by just six points at the break. But, Mizzou outscored Oklahoma by 17 points in the second to earn a commanding win.
Mizzou’s bench was the key to the victory, as they outscored the Sooners reserves 42-16. Michael Dixon and Justin Safford combined for 27 points, and Steve Moore and Ricky Kreklow each made three baskets. Kreklow hit a banked-in three-pointer in the first half, his first made basket since Jan. 5 against Northern Alabama. His seven points were a personal best in conference play.
Not surprisingly, the Tigers used pressuring defense to create easy offensive opportunities. The Fastest 40 Minutes was on full display, forcing 18 Oklahoma turnovers.
Marcus Denmon left the game early in the second half after being elbowed in the face. He did not return. Mike Anderson confirmed after the game that Denmon received “a couple stitches,” and his teammates said he has a “shiner.” Both Anderson and Denmon’s teammates figured that Denmon will still play in Missouri’s next game on Tuesday.