For the first time in three weeks Missouri added to its win total this season. Mizzou, winless since they beat Mississippi State Jan. 2, was able to grab a road win against Colorado 79-65 Wednesday night.
Desperation was beginning to set in for the Tigers after falling to 0-4 in the Big 12 Conference. But after building a 13-point lead going into the first half, MU was able to cruise control toward victory.
Matt Lawrence and Stefhon Hannah both had 14 points to lead the Tigers in scoring. Freshman guard J.T. Tiller tied a career-high with 12 points and Keon Lawrence added 10.
“I thought our bench played well in the Kansas game and I thought they played even better tonight, and that’s the key to our basketball team,” Missouri coach Mike Anderson said.
Not only were the Tigers able to snap their conference losing streak, but they won away from home for the first time this season breaking a 12-game losing streak dating back to last season. Their last road victory came against Oklahoma Jan. 10, 2006.
Colorado had one of their worst shooting nights of the season, but the Tigers didn’t fall into the trap. MU hit 50 percent from the filed and 36.4 percent from behind the arc.
“I think we’re finally starting to put it together,” Mizzou forward Marshall Brown said. “I think it’s a confidence booster showing that we can do it. I think we’ve got our confidence up now and we’ll try to carry it over.”
Missouri plays Texas Tech on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.