Unselfish play, career games, gives Mizzou basketball a 7-0 start

Marcus Denmon scored a career-high 31 points, including 21 from three point range.

There was little to talk about regarding the Tigers’ dominating 90-56 win over Northwestern State. Well, other than three players having career nights.

Marcus Denmon and Michael Dixon had career nights, Denmon scoring 31 points and Dixon adding 19. Ricardo Ratliffe tied his career-best with a 22-point effort. (Earlier this week Kim English had a career game, scoring 29 points against Binghamton.)

Friday night’s game was the best example so far this season of the unselfish play that is quickly becoming the hallmark of this team. A stat that also impressed Haith: 50 points scored in the paint. That’s significant for a team that starts four guards. “And I think that, even though we shoot the ball really well, that balance is extremely important for our success, our ability to play inside-out,” coach Frank Haith said.

Mizzou next faces Villanova Tuesday at Madison Square Garden, a team Haith thinks is a pretty even match-up with the Tigers. “It’s a big game. But I don’t want our guys to put more on that game because, while it is an important game on our schedule, it’s only important because it is our next game,” Haith said.

One response to “Unselfish play, career games, gives Mizzou basketball a 7-0 start

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