Men’s basketball beats William Jewel, dominates defensively

Kim Anderson

By Emil Lippe, 23 Sports

Wednesday, Oct. 29 –

The Missouri Men’s basketball team had their first scrimmage Wednesday night and won by a convincing 41-point margin against the William Jewel Cardinal by a final of 72-31. The win for the Tigers was the first of the year to begin their 2014-2015 season.

Defense was the theme of the night at the Hearnes Center as the Tigers held William Jewel to 17.3 percent (9-52) shooting from the field. On the offensive side of the ball, Mizzou shot 53.6 percent (15-28) from the field in the second half.

The game started out with an 14-5 run by the Tigers in the first half, setting the tone for Mizzou’s domination of William Jewel by forcing turnovers and converting 18 points from those turnovers.

Mizzou also played well in the paint, scoring 30 points in the paint while holding William Jewel to only eight low post points.

The Tigers walked into halftime with a 30-17 lead, only shooting a mere 30 percent (9-30) from the field. However, Mizzou came out in the second half and amplified their play by crashing the boards and going on a 22-6 run to open up the half.

Missouri would end up scoring a total of 42 points in the half. The Tigers dominated the boards 59-31 and did not trail once in the game.

Missouri guard Wes Clark led the Tigers with 14 pts. in 27 minutes of action. Clark was one of three Tigers in double figures as forward Ryan Rosburg scored 13 pts. and Tramaine Isabell added 10 pts. off the bench.

The game against William Jewel marks only the second time that the Mizzou men’s basketball team has played in the Hearnes Center since team moved to Mizzou Arena.

The Tigers will wrap up their exhibition play at home as they take on the University of Missouri at St. Louis at 2 p.m. on November 8.