Mizzou 72, Baylor 57: Tigers Find Their Range In The Second Half

COLUMBIA, MO - FEBRUARY 11: Michael Dixon #11 of the Missouri Tigerspasses as AJ Walton #22 of the Baylor Bears defends during the game on February 11, 2012 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

We saw all the bad of a four-guard lineup in the first half and all the good in the second as Missouri pulled away for a 72-57 win over Baylor at Mizzou Arena, their third win over a Top 10 team this season. Baylor dominated on the glass in the first half, staying within four points at halftime (33-29) because of double-digit offensive rebounds. The Bears surged early in the second half as well, but as was the case against Kansas, Baylor failed to respond well when punched in the mouth. Sparked by a Steve Moore transition dunk, Mizzou went on a 20-6 run to build a 58-43 lead, then coasted from there with a series of jumpers from every guard on the floor.

For the game, Phil Pressey led the way with 19 points on 5-for-8 shooting, but all the guards chipped in: Mike Dixon (16 points, 6-for-10), Marcus Denmon (16 points, 6-for-12) and Kim English (12 points, 3-for-8). Ricardo Ratliffe struggled mightily, but he wasn't needed. Powered by the perimeter and the Mizzou Arena crowd, the Tigers moved to 23-2 for the season. What a year.

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