Mizzou 92, Texas Tech 84: Not easy, but Denmon, Tigers put away Red Raiders
February 15, 2011
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Marcus Denmon scored his 1,000th career point for the Tigers Tuesday night as a part of his 20-point performance that helped lead Mizzou past Texas Tech 92-84 at Mizzou Arena. Denmon scored 18 points in the first half, and Kim English contributed with 16 points in the win.
The Red Raiders of Texas Tech would not go down easy, something few visitors to Mizzou Arena can say this season, where the Tigers remain undefeated. Mizzou led by just one point at the half, their second single-digit halftime lead in the last two home games, but the Tigers went on a run in the second half that put them up by double digits for much of the period. Texas Tech made another push towards the end of the game, but fell by eight thanks to the Tigers making most of their free throws.
While Denmon owned the scoring in the first half, Texas Tech keyed on him defensively in the second, allowing other Tigers players to take over. English scored 14 of his 16 in the second half. English had an opportunity to reach the 1,000 point mark as well, but missed some free throws down the stretch. Michael Dixon had another good game, as he is putting together a string of good games recently, with 13 points and four rebounds.
The Tigers have several days to prepare for their next game at Iowa State on Saturday. Mizzou is still looking for their first win on the road in Big 12 play, something players and coach Mike Anderson fielded many questions about after the game. Dixon said it was the biggest game of the year, because it’s the next one.