Ricardo Ratliffe and Michael Dixon scored 18 points each as the 10th ranked Missouri Tigers shook off a slow start to dominate the Kennesaw State Owls 104-67, Thursday night at Mizzou Arena. Marcus Denmon added 17 points for the 10-0 Tigers who are unbeaten after the first ten games for the first time since an 11-0 start in 1991-92. Mizzou ran their homecourt non-conference winning streak to 65 games.
“Honestly, we didn’t do anything yet,” Ratlilffe said. “We just focus on the next game. It doesn’t matter if it’s Kansas or Christopher Newport, a D-III out of Virginia, we just go out there and play our style, and just come out with a win.”
Ratliffe was 8 for 10 from the field, Denmon was 8 for 11 and Dixon 5 for 7. Missouri had a 36-26 rebounding advantage.
Coach Frank Haith, who is the first Missouri coach to win his first ten games since 1920-21 had a good line when describing the slow start saying, “I thought we were a little too Cadillac.” The Owls led 29-28, just over twelve minutes into the game.
The Tigers host William & Mary on Sunday, then get ready for their St. Louis trip to face Illinois next Thursday.