COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Marcus Denmon scored 20 points, showing no after effects from a blow to the head three days earlier, to help No. 20 Missouri beat Texas Tech 92-84 on Tuesday night.
Kim English had 16 points and reserve Michael Dixon 13 points for the Tigers (20-6, 6-5 Big 12), who shot 58 percent but were tested in a run-and-gun contest that was light on defense before going to 16-0 at home. John Roberson had 21 points for Texas Tech (11-15, 3-8), which shot 49 percent.
Missouri entered averaging a 23.7-point victory margin at Mizzou Arena and led by 13 with about 9 1/2 minutes left, but were hanging on after Roberson’s 3-pointer cut the margin to three with 1:14 to play. The Tigers scored the game’s last five points, despite a pair of missed free throws by English.
David Tairu added 17 points for Texas Tech which lost its fourth in a row – all against ranked opponents. The scoring total was a season best for an opponent at Missouri.
Denmon, a junior guard, topped 1,000 career points late in an 18-point first half. He missed the last 18 minutes of Saturday’s home victory over Oklahoma after taking an accidental elbow just under the right eye from teammate Laurence Bowers, requiring two stitches.
Mike Singletary, Texas Tech’s second-leading scorer with a 13-point average, did not start for the second straight game and had four points in nine minutes off the bench. Singletary has been bothered by a left calf injury and limped off the court for good with about seven minutes to go.
Ricky Kreklow’s layup for a 59-58 lead with just under 15 minutes to play was the eighth straight lead change. Six players contributed to a 12-2 run that gave Missouri breathing room for the first time at 77-64 with about 9 1/2 minutes to go.
Denmon showed he was fine immediately, scoring seven of Missouri’s first 11 points. The junior guard was 8 for 11 with two 3-pointers, all the misses coming from long range.
The Tigers led 45-44 at the break, with both teams apparently content to run and gun. Missouri shot 56 percent with five 3-pointers with a 12-3 run and Texas Tech shot 50 percent with four 3-pointers and a 16-2 run for a six-point with about 5 1/2 minutes to go.
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