SE Missouri loses to No. 25 Missouri 83-68
Tyler Stone had a strong debut for Southeast Missouri State. The
sophomore forward insisted there was no added incentive.
Stone had 18 points and six rebounds in an 83-68 opening loss to
No. 25 Missouri on Friday night. He was on the end of the Missouri
bench most of his freshman season in 2009-10, then transferred
after his scholarship got pulled.
”I thought he really proved he could play on any level,” coach
Dickey Nutt said.
The 6-foot-8 Stone said it wasn’t an emotional occasion.
”Not at all, it was just another game,” Stone said. ”Just
trying to get this win. I knew I would come back to Missouri, so
that didn’t mean anything to me.”
Missouri players were impressed with the improvement Stone has
”He looked good in film all week,” guard Kim English said.
”He grew. He got older. He got bigger. He looked really good. I’m
excited to see what he does this year.”
Ricardo Ratliffe and Marcus Denmon had 20 points apiece in new
coach Frank Haith’s debut.
English added 19 points and hit four 3-pointers in the second
half, going 5 for 9 from long distance overall as the Tigers pulled
away after leading by only two at the break. The Tigers have a
59-game home winning streak against nonconference opponents dating
to the 2005-06 opener.
Marcus Brister added 15 points and six assists for Southeast
”It was the first 5 minutes in the second half that hurt us,”
Nutt said. ”We didn’t have the intensity that we needed, like we
did in the first half.”
Still, he was pleased with his team.
”They fought hard,” Nutt said. ”The guys who played, they
gave me every ounce of effort.”
Missouri entered the season ranked for the first time since
2003-04 coming off three straight NCAA tournament bids, although
Haith is under a bit of a cloud facing possible NCAA sanctions
dating to his time at Miami.
The Tigers lack height without 6-foot-9 Laurence Bowers, out for
the year with a knee injury, and often had four guards on the
floor, making it tougher to put Southeast Missouri State away.
Southeast Missouri State was picked to finish in the middle of
the pack in the Ohio Valley Conference, is 0-6 against Missouri and
0-8 against ranked teams and has lost six straight openers. Plus,
starting forward Leon Powell didn’t play because of a knee
Still, the Redhawks battled on even terms throughout the first
half, opening a quick 7-0 lead and shooting 52 percent. They led by
six with about 4 1/2 minutes to go before Missouri finished on a
12-4 run for a 38-36 lead, half the points coming on free throws
and the go-ahead a basket coming on Phil Pressey’s layup with 1.7
Missouri opened the second half on a 17-6 run and kept the game
at arm’s length the rest of the way.