Missouri Continues Home Win Streak, Tops Georgia 89-61
COLUMBIA, Mo. --- Reserve forward Laurence Bowers scored 17 points in a red-hot first half as Missouri built a big early lead and cruised to an 89-61 victory over Georgia in a non-conference basketball game here Saturday afternoon.
The Tigers (11-3) blistered the nets for 66 percent shooting in the decisive opening half. Much of their sharp shooting was aided by an error-prone Georgia team that committed 11 first-half turnovers.
After taking a quick 7-4 lead, Georgia saw its troubles mount after leading scorer Trey Thompkins picked up his second foul just four minutes into the game. Shortly thereafter, the Tigers took the lead for good on consecutive buckets by Justin Safford, the latter a lay-in with 16:40 left after a J.T. Tiller steal, giving Mizzou an 8-7 lead.
An alley-oop dunk by Bowers, assisted by Miguel Paul, at the buzzer gave the home a 46-28 lead at intermission.
The Tigers essentially iced the game with a scoring flurry early in the second half. The Tigers’ Keith Ramsey converted a steal on Georgia’s opening possession into a layup that started a 5-0 run. By the time Albert Jackson got the Bulldogs’ first points with a dunk at the 18:34 mark, the margin had reached 23 points.
The largest margin of the game came at 87-55 on a pair of foul shots by Missouri’s Kim English with 2:24 left.
Georgia (7-5) returns to action Tuesday night at home against intrastate rival Georgia Tech.