Tigers Win 83-52 Over Niagara
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Marcus Denmon scored 22 points to lead five Missouri players in double figures, and the No. 24 Tigers rode a hot-shooting first half to an easy 83-52 win over Niagara on Thursday night.
Kim English added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Ricardo Ratliffe, Matt Pressey and sixth-man Michael Dixon scored 12 points each for Missouri (3-0) in its final regional game of the College Basketball Experience Classic before facing Notre Dame and either California or Georgia next week.
Juan'ya Green and Antoine Mason led Niagara (1-1) with 10 points each. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school shot 34 percent overall and made just five of its 26 attempts from long range.
Missouri went 12 of 22 from beyond the arc, nine of those coming in the first half. Missouri also had 13 steals and forced 16 turnovers, led by point guard Phil Pressey with five.