Tigers Roll Over Truman State in Exhibition Opener
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri basketball team made 14 three-pointers to send the team past Truman State University 87-48 in exhibition play Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.
"I thought we got off to a little bit of a slow start but when we put Kadeem (Green) and Steve (Moore) and Mike Dixon in the ballgame I think we went on a 20 point run," said Frank Haith, "those guys were instrumental in that, in terms that they brought the energy necessary for us to have the kind of game we wanted to have on the offensive court, not just on the defensive end."
The Tigers led 45-16 at the half, thanks in part to early runs of 20-0 14-2 after the game was tied at 6-6. Mizzou continued to build its lead to as many as 41 in the second half.
Senior Marcus Denmon led the Tigers in double figures with 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting from behind the arc.
"Well if he's open I want him to shoot [the ball]. I don't know any other way to say it than that. Marcus is a terrific player and I did tell him before the game that he would play about 20 minutes regardless of the score. I think he probably figured that he'd better get his clips up early. He shot the ball very well, I think he's a great shooter. I've been around the ACC and some really good guards and he's right there with them. He's efficient, very efficient, in terms of shots he's so solid in what he does and how he scores and transitions too," Haith said.
Junior Michael Dixon scored 15 points and a game high eight assists, senior Matt Pressey added 12 points and senior Ricardo Ratliffe had 10 points and seven boards. Redshirt freshman Kadeem Green grabbed a game high 11 rebounds.
For the second preseason game in a row, Missouri made 51.6 percent of its shots from the field and 45.2 percent of its three-point attempts. The Tigers had an impressive 44-23 rebounding advantage and dished out 20 assists to just nine turnovers.
Truman State was led by Isaac Gardner, who scored 20 points.
Missouri closes out exhibition action on Monday, November 7 as the Tigers host Central Missouri at 7 P.M. at Mizzou Arena.