COLUMBIA — Zaire Taylor and Marcus Denmon can both shoot – and shoot well – from 3-point range. They combined to make six 3-pointers in the Missouri men’s basketball team’s 94-79 win against Austin Peay on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. But right now, no Tiger is shooting better than Kim English.
That’s why, with 30 seconds left in the first half, Taylor and Denmon each passed up wide open 3-point attempts to get the ball to English, who wound up being the least open of the three. But the sophomore guard, coming off a game-high 24-point outing against Illinois, caught the pass from Denmon and made his third 3-pointer of the half with a hand in his face.
Missouri's (9-3) leading scorer the past four games, English has emerged as the Tigers’ primary scorer, a role left vacant after DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons graduated. English was in a funk during Missouri’s two exhibition games and the season-opener, but he has scored in double figures in all but one game since.
“I believe that he used to fade a little bit to the left when he shot, and now he’s more straight up,” forward Laurence Bowers said. “His confidence has been building up (since the start of the season).”