Friday, December 16, 2011
COLUMBIA (AP) — Ricardo Ratliffe and Michael Dixon had 18 points each and No. 10 Missouri shot 60 percent from the field in a 104-67 rout of Kennesaw State on Thursday night.
Marcus Denmon added 17 points and Phil Pressey had nine points and 10 assists for the Tigers (10-0), unbeaten after the first 10 games for the first time since an 11-0 start in 1991-92 after running its homecourt non-conference winning streak to 65. It’s Pressey’s third time in double-figure assists this season.
Freshman Delbert Love had a career-best 27 points with five 3-pointers for Kennesaw State (2-6), which faced a Top 10 team for the second time in school history and has lost four straight. Markeith Cummings had 17 points and six rebounds before fouling out with 3:49 to go.
Frank Haith became the first Missouri coach to win his first 10 games since 1920-21. That’s one more than predecessor Mike Anderson, now at Arkansas, who was 9-0 in 2006-07 before consecutive losses to Purdue and Illinois.
Ratliffe was 8 for 10 from the field and Denmon was 8 for 11.
Love had 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting in the first half to keep Kennesaw State somewhat close despite committing 10 turnovers. The Owls made five of their first seven shots and led 15-13 just over 5? minutes into the game.
Kennesaw State last led at 29-28 with about 7 minutes to go in the first half.
Missouri began the night as one of only nine unbeaten schools, with the first nine victories coming by an average of 25.6 points.
Matt Pressey had 11 points in the first half for Missouri, including a dunk off a turnover after a nice feed from English.
Kennesaw State has beaten one Division I school this season.