The 7th ranked Texas Longhorns jumped out to an 11-0 lead and didn’t allow a basket until Kim English hit a three pointer 5:40 into the game as the Longhorns battered the 13th ranked Tigers 71-58 in Austin, TX.
The Tigers needed the big guys, Ricardo Ratliffe and Laurence Bowers to step up, but foul trouble and elbows got them in trouble. Ratliffe was outmanned early in the game and was on the bench with two fouls in the first 5:16 of the game.
After that fast start by Texas, the Tigers woke up a bit. English hit back to back three’s then a Phil Pressey steal lead to a nice layup by Bowers to make the score 14-8. Following a Texas basket, Bowers took it hard to the basket again and scored on another layup but took an elbow to the chin and was about as woozy as a person could be without actually getting knocked out. Bowers, with the help of trainers, stumbled off the floor and never returned.
Texas would build a lead of 18 at one point in the first half and the Tigers could never get closer than seven and that was briefly after Michael Dixon hit a three to get the Tigers to 49-42 with 10:42 to play, but Texas scored two baskets in a span of 17 seconds and Missouri never threatened again.
The Tigers shot 34%, and got just 16 points from Bowers, Ratliffe and Justin Safford combined. Safford was just 1 of 11 shooting. Mizzou was outrebounded 40-28, just plain outworked under the basket, giving up 13 offensive rebounds and Marcus Denmon had a rough game held to just seven points.
Phil Pressey led MU with just 12 points and Kim English was basically nowhere to be found after those two early three’s as he finished with just 10 points. The 58 points are the lowest total this season for Mizzou.
Jordan Hamilton, Gary Johnson and Tristan Thompson combined for 35 of Texas’ 40 rebounds with career highs of 13 each from Hamilton and Thompson.