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Friday, November 1st, the Mizzou Men’s Basketball team took control of their exhibition match against the University of Central Missouri (UCM). Taking advantage of the moment, Mizzou showed their superiority. The Tigers finished with a large margin victory in an attempt to establish their presence for the season moving forward, winning the game 80-56.

The Tigers had a pretty rough start in the first half, turning the ball over early and allowing many opportunities for UCM’s offense. Mizzou’s defensive presence was questionable in the beginning. They were able to catch a break with the rapid turnovers UCM seemingly gave to the Tiger defenders out of what looked to be nervousness or intimidation. The lead in the first half went back and forth with a few highlight plays for each team.

Leading the way for the first half in scoring were freshman forward Kobe Brown and sophomore guard Torrence Watson, combining for 16 of the teams 31 first half points. Junior guard Mark Smith led in first half rebounds with 5 total. Even with Smith’s solid effort on the boards, UCM owned the glass both offensively and defensively. UCM won the battle of the boards by 6 in the first half. They were able to manage the half well enough to finish with a 32-31 lead over the Tigers.

The second half began with a bang that featured a scoring run from the Tigers’ sophomore guard Javon Pickett. The Tigers capitalized off of UCM’s turnovers, helping aid them to success. UCM turned the ball over 13 times, leading to several successful offensive possessions for the Tigers. Mizzou was able to score on around 52% of their second half field goal attempts. They became more aggressive, getting to the free throw line and sinking 15 of 19 shots. This played a significant part in their second half success along with their efficiency inside the arch. They shot around 78% from inside the arch, which covered for their poor effort beyond the arch, shooting only 15% from three-point range in the second half.

The Tigers were able to gain a significant lead, winning the second half by 25. They were able to achieve their victory with a balanced scoring attack, maximizing their opportunities off of turnovers, and dominating the paint.