Tigers' basketball tops Wofford 75-56 for third win on the season

3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 10:41:58 PM CST November 18, 2019 in Sports
By: Jack Shimanek, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer
Missouri basketball's Jeremiah Tilmon

COLUMBIA - Mizzou hosted their third home game of the season, Monday against the Wofford Terriers. 

The Tigers were coming off a hard fought loss to Xaiver last Tuesday, their record sitting at 2-1 going into tonight's match up.

Mizzou got off to an exciting start as Jeremiah Tilmon hit his first three pointer of the season, causing the home crowd to erupt, as Mizzou held a 7-3 early in the first half.

The Tigers and Terriers went back and forth throughout the first half with each team being unable to pull away.

Mizzou's largest lead of the first half was only seven points, as the Tigers went into the locker room with a 36-31 lead.

The second half was a different story for the Tigers on both sides of the ball.

The Tigers came out in the second playing suffocating defense, holding the Terriers to only 25 second half points, including a stretch in which Wofford was held scoreless for seven and a half minutes.

The Tigers would also take advantage of their defense and go on a 13-0 run during Wofford's scoreless streak.

The Tigers held this healthy lead, even extending it further, and would hold on to it until the final buzzer.

Mizzou's offense also got a large boost in the second half from Jeremiah Tilmon and leading scorer, Mark Smith, as well as Xaiver Pinson, who pitched in 10 points of the bench.

Tilmon recorded nine of his 16 points in the second half, along with 86% shooting throughout the night.

Guard Mark Smith was Mizzou's highest scorer, logging 19 points, 13 coming in the 2nd half, as well as 4-8 from 3PT territory.

With the convincing win, the Tigers move to 3-1 on the year, including 3-0 at home, and will look to continue their winning ways at home, Wednesday, against Morehead State.

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