COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Ricardo Ratliffe narrowly missed a double-double in the first half and Laurence Bowers scored 18 of his 20 points in the second to lead No. 20 Missouri to a 77-59 victory over Baylor on Wednesday night.
Kim English was 4 for 6 from 3-point range and had 16 points for the Tigers (22-6, 8-5), who are the Big 12’s only unbeaten team at home (17-0). They’ve had at least a 15-point second half lead in 12 of the last 13 games.
LaceDarius Dunn, who leads the conference with a 20.8 average, was scoreless in the first half for Baylor (17-10, 6-7) and finished with 12 points on 4-for-14 shooting with six turnovers. Perry Jones III had 10 points and 10 rebounds, rallying late after a 2-for-10 shooting start.
Ratliffe had eight of his 10 points and 12 of his 13 rebounds in the first half. He has five double-doubles, two in the last three games.
Missouri led by 16 points late in the first half before Stargell Love made a desperation 3-pointer from just across the midcourt line at the buzzer to make it 33-20. Baylor twice cut the deficit to eight early in the second half before fading, and committed 21 turnovers.
Dunn made it to double figures for the 31st straight game but was 4 for 14 and endured his first scoreless half since Dec. 15, 2009 against Jackson State. A 39 percent 3-point shooter entering the game, he was just 2 for 8 against Missouri and is 10 for 44 the last five games.
Missouri has beaten Baylor 10 straight times at home, with the Bears’ last victory in 1948.
Quincy Acy had 13 points and nine rebounds and J’Mison Morgan had 10 points for Baylor, which has lost three of four. It was only the third time Morgan reached double figures and first in conference play.
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