The Missouri Tigers took control of Wednesday night's game against Baylor early on securing a 33-20 first-half lead and maintaining that momentum into the second half. The final score: Mizzou 77, Baylor 59.
Missouri played well in a lot of areas that they had to in order to win this game. It hit its shots early, especially Ricardo Ratliffe, who nearly had a double-double in the first half. They slowed LaceDarius Dunn, who was shutout in the first half and ended with 12 points. They finished with the rebounding edge. There were a lot of things that went right.
"I told our guys I thought that was one of our more complete games here in the last 8 to 10 games, and I want to attribute that to our team," head coach Mike Anderson said. "I think our defense was the big difference of the game - they were very active. First half alone I think we had 18 deflections and then we were coming up with some loose balls early on and we were able to get up on Baylor's team. But then again that's our defense."
Eighteen points ties the largest victory Mizzou has had over Baylor since the Big 12 was formed so I'd call that a complete game. It's like the Tigers pinpointed specifically what they had to do and went out and did it. Obviously the key is doing this every game.
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