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Game Thread: Tigers vs Flames

Missouri looks to continue their hot start. A win in tonight’s matchup would push them to 4-0. Follow this Live Thread for halftime updates and scores.

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The Tigers take on the Flames tonight and try to win their fourth game in a row to start the season. Missouri is favored to win by 9.5 points. Follow for updates.

End of the game: The Tigers had a dominate 2nd half to give them the victory over the Liberty Flames. Missouri’s defense locked down Liberty all 2nd half. The Flames shot a mere 2-13 from the three point line in the 2nd. The Tigers were propelled by Mark Smith, who put up 12 points in the half. The Tigers are now 4-0 heading into this weekend’s matchup versus Illinois.

2nd half notes

  • Liberty picked up a quick three fouls in the first 2 minutes
  • The Flames and Tigers were deadlocked at 37 heading into the first TV timeout of the 2nd half
  • Missouri started the 2nd half 7-10 from the field and 2-2 from deep
  • Missouri picked up their 7th team foul with 9:25 to go in the half
  • Dru Smith picked up his 4th personal foul
  • The Tigers went into the third TV timeout with a seven point lead
  • Missouri went on a 7-0 run in less than a minute to give them a double digit lead
  • Both the Tigers and Flames turned the ball over 4 times in the second half.
  • Missouri finished the game with 16 more rebounds than Liberty (39-23)
  • Tigers shot 51% from the field to end the game
  • The Flames shot 36% from the field
  • Missouri 57% from three in the 2nd half
  • The Tigers outscored the flames 41 to 28 in the last 20 minutes to win

At the Half: Missouri trails 28-32. The Tigers looked sloppy through the first 20 minutes and are lucky to still be in the game. Offensively, the Tigers were ice cold from beyond the perimeter shooting 1-9. Liberty put 12 points up from their bench in the first half, the Tigers only had 6 bench points.

1st half notes

  • Missouri struggled to score early
  • The score was 8-8 at the first TV timeout
  • Headed into the second TV timeout, Missouri trailed 12-8
  • The Tigers began the night 0-8 from three and went more than 5 minutes without a point during the first half
  • Missouri shot themselves in the foot with 10 turnovers, Liberty only had 3
  • Mark Smith hit the first three of the game for Missouri with 5.4 seconds to go in the first half.
  • Missouri shot 43% from the field in the first half, Liberty shot 41%
  • Dru Smith led all scorers with 8 points in the first 20 minutes

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The Details

Opponent: Flames (4-2)

Time: 7:15 p.m. CT

Where: Mizzou Arena

Is Mizzou Receiving Top 25 Votes? YES

What Does Vegas Say? Mizzou, -9.5

Where To Watch: SEC Network + | WatchESPN

Radio: Tiger Radio Network // Sirius/XM -119/199

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball

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Five Questions!

  1. How many threes for Mark Smith?
  2. Who leads the Tigers in scoring?
  3. Will Mizzou cover -9.5?
  4. Who is your trifecta for the game?
  5. What will the final score be?