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Justin Kollar, 23 Sports

Saturday, January 2–

The University of Missouri Tigers wrapped up non-conference play this Saturday at Mizzou Arena when the Savannah State Tigers came to town.

Savannah State played its first game after a long 17-day break. SSU played Utah Wednesday, Dec. 16 and suffered a blistering 53-99 loss on the road.

Mizzou came off four days’ rest after dismantling Arkansas Pine Bluff, 78-25, and appeared eager to hit the court once again.

Savannah State only held the lead once throughout the course of the entire game and that came off the first bucket of the game.

Shooting 70 percent in the first half of play, the Missouri Tigers were firing on all cylinders. Junior Wes Clark went 5-for-5 and notched 16 points leading all scorers in the first. The score at the half was 41-25 in favor of Missouri.

In the second half, it was more of the same. Clark’s impressive play carried into the second as he finished the game with a career-high 22 points on 9 of 10 shooting. Missouri cruised past SSU by a final score of 68-40. Clark has scored 20 points in two of the past three games.

The Tigers looked much better in these past two games than they have in a while. They passed the ball effectively, which opened up a trove of uncontested shots helping the Tigers go 30-for-56 shooting. The Tigers now hold a winning record once more at 7-6 and are heading into SEC play on a two game win streak.

Mizzou will need to ramp up the intensity even more as conference play opens up this Wednesday, Jan. 6, against Georgia. Tipoff from Athens, Georgia, is scheduled for 6 p.m.

For the latest on Mizzou Basketball, keep it tuned in here at mutv.missouri.edu.

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