Tilmon notches Career-High as Tigers knock off Musketeers

Jonathan Friess, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers (6-3) hosted the Xavier Musketeers (7-4) as they looked to extend their win streak to four games. The Musketeers came into this game fresh off a 95-77 victory over Western Kentucky. In the contest, the Tigers put up maybe their most complete effort of the season in a 71-56 victory.

Xavier got off to a quick 9-3 lead, but from there Mizzou took off, rattling off 17 points in a row to get a double digit lead less than halfway through the first half. From that point on the Tigers never looked back. Missouri built their lead up to 14 at half at 41-27 ended up expanding it to as much as 29 in the second half. Xavier whittled the lead down for much of the latter part of the second half, but by then the contest was no longer competitive.

Tigers’ sophomore big man Jeremiah Tilmon typically struggles with foul trouble, but after a night of avoiding silly fouls he was able to show Tigers fans why there was so much hype behind his commitment. Tilmon had a career night as he tallied 23 points and snatched 11 rebounds, notching his fifth career double-double as a Tiger. The Tigers also received help from senior Jordan Geist and sophomore Mark Smith who both netted 13 points.

The Musketeers were led by the team’s second leading scorer, junior guard Jordan Goodwin, who scored 21 points and dished out six assists. Xavier’s defense struggled to stop the Tigers as they allowed Missouri to shoot 44.8% from the floor and 34.8% from the three-point line.

The Tigers now travel East to St. Louis for the highly anticipated Braggin’ Rights game against the University of Illinois Fighting Illini. The Tigers are hoping to end a five-game losing streak against Illinois. This game also is a big game for the Tigers sophomore transfer guard Mark Smith, a transfer from the University of Illinois who scored 11 in Illinois’ 70-64 win over Missouri last December. The game will be hosted at the Enterprise Center on December 22nd at 7 p.m. and will be airing on Big Ten Network.