Justin Bjorseth, 23 Sports

Tuesday, December 6—

The Missouri Tigers scored their second consecutive win at home Monday night. It was their second time this year collecting two wins in a row and the most points that they had scored in three games. They improved to 4-1 at Mizzou Arena on the season. It was the Miami (OH) Redhawks’ second straight loss, dropping them below .500 on the young season.

The Tigers took an early double-digit first half lead that they held for much of the opening period. In the final eight minutes of the first half, the Redhawks began storming back and cutting into the lead. With just under two to play in the first half, the Redhawks took the lead 24-23. This was their first lead of the game since leading 2-0. Mizzou quickly regained the lead, however, on a 3-pointer from Terrence Phillips with 13 seconds remaining in the first half. The Tigers went into the locker room leading 26-25.

Two and a half minutes into the second half, Missouri stormed back to a double-digit lead and the Tigers never looked back as the shots kept falling and the defense stiffened up.

Neither team shot the lights out, though Missouri’s 37 percent was better than usual for them. The Tigers also have the lowest 3-point field goal percentage against in the country, a stat that held true tonight as the Redhawks shot just 6-for-31. Missouri hit nine 3-pointers, but did so in 29 attempts. Still, this is a step in the right direction for a team who has had their struggles scoring the basketball. The Tigers won the rebounding battle by a slight edge, committing just six turnovers to the Redhawks’ 15, and dished out 10 more assists.

For once, the Tigers controlled every aspect of the game. Responding to the Redhawks’ late first half surge to open the second half was perhaps the most impressive Mizzou has looked this season. The squad has their plate full this weekend when the No. 20 Arizona Wildcats come to town.