Missouri whips K-State in Big 12 action 75-59
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) --Marcus Denmon scored 10 of his 14 points in the
second half and No. 13 Missouri forced Kansas State into 24 turnovers in
a 75-59 victory Monday night.
Phil Pressey added 13 points, including
three 3-pointers, for the Tigers (16-3, 2-2 Big 12). He's made seven of
his last nine from behind the arc in the last two games.
The Tigers led by 15 at the half and surged late after the Wildcats cut the gap to three with just over nine minutes to go.
Jacob Pullen had 16 points while Jordan
Herniquez-Roberts added 14 for Kansas State (13-6, 1-3), which has
dropped three of four. The Wildcats were held scoreless for nearly five
minutes in the second half while Missouri put the game away with a 12-0
run that featured a spectacular one-handed alley-oop dunk by Laurence
Bowers and led 70-55 with 3:50 to go.
Missouri made strides before tip-off,
surprisingly jumping two places in the poll despite losing in overtime
at Texas A&M on Saturday while Kansas State fell out of the Top 25.
The Tigers have won four straight at home against Kansas State.
Kansas State scored the first seven
points of the second half to cut the deficit to eight, and twice shaved
it to three points.
Missouri shot 50 percent and hit five
3-pointers in a dominant first half for a 43-28 lead, the first
double-digit deficit at the midway point for Kansas State. Curtis Kelly
was whistled for his second and third fouls in a hectic final minute and
the Wildcats also whistled for a 10-second call.
The Tigers held their own inside without
Ricardo Ratliffe, limited to six minutes by two fouls, getting 10
points off the bench from Pressey. Justin Safford contributed his first
3-pointer since Dec. 11.
Kansas State had three blocks in the
first three minutes, but its biggest lead was only 4-0. Previously, the
school's largest halftime deficit was eight points in a loss to Duke on
Nov. 23 in Kansas City.