Michael Dunigan (left) and Justin Safford (right) fight for the opening tip-off at the beginning of Missouri's 106-69 win over Oregon at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. (Photo credit: JJ Stankevitz for KMOV.com) By JJ Stankevitz
Michael Dixon fires the ball into the air as time runs out on Missouri's 106-69 win over Oregon at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009. (Photo credit: JJ Stankevitz for KMOV.com) By JJ Stankevitz
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- After back-to-back losses away from home, the Missouri Tigers were clearly glad to return to the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena.
Missouri extended its non-conference home winning streak to 41 games, including a perfect 34-0 under coach Mike Anderson, with a 106-69 victory Saturday over Oregon in the Big 12-Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
First halves for Missouri opponents at Mizzou Arena have been nightmares all season. Things were no different for the Ducks, who shot just 24 percent before the break as Missouri (5-2) used runs of 11-0 and 22-1 to build a 53-24 halftime lead.
The Tigers have scored more than 50 points in the first half of each of their four home games this season.
Missouri had six players in double figures. Marcus Denmon tied his career-high with 17 points while Michael Dixon, Laurence Bowers, Kim English, Zaire Taylor and J.T. Tiller all had at least 10.
Taylor had his second straight strong performance, scoring 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Taylor had 17 points in Wednesday's loss at Vanderbilt after an abysmal 1-for-8 performance in the championship game of the South Padre Invitational against Richmond.
The Tigers shot 58 percent, a welcome change from the recent shooting woes from the South Padre Invitational and Vanderbilt loss. Over that period, Missouri shot just 38 percent.
Coming off back-to-back losses for the first time since March 2008, the Tigers sent a banged-up Ducks team to the ropes early and did not look back.
Oregon (4-3) saw limited action from its biggest 3-point shooting threat, Tajuan Porter, because of an ankle injury he aggravated in the Ducks' Nov. 23 loss to Montana.
Porter did not score on 0-for-2 shooting.
Oregon dropped to 0-4 all-time against Missouri and extended its road losing streak to 12.
Sophomore guard Malcolm Armstead, making his third career start, led the Ducks with 12 points.
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