Following Monday's epic victory over Kansas, Missouri was looking for an encore performance against Nebraska. The Tigers came in looking for their fifth straight victory.
Behind a sell-out crowd the Tigers avenged their loss to Huskers with a 70-47 win. The Tigers attack was balanced with four players in double figures.
The Tigers started slowly in the first half much like their game against the Jayhawks. The Tigers shot only 33 percent in the first half.
"We were trying to build on the on the Kansas game and come out strong in the first half, so we still have some stuff to work on," senior guard Matt Lawrence said.
Lawrence, along with DeMarre Carroll, led the Tigers with 13 points. The Tigers led at the half 25-19 behind strong defensive play.
A key play in the first half came when Nebraska's Ryan Anderson stole the ball from Leo Lyons.
On a fast break, Nebraska's Steve Harley thought he had an easy layup, but Kim English had other plans. English hustled back and rejected the layup.
The block received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd and reinvigorated the crowd and the Missouri roster. It also gave the Tigers the momentum heading into the half.
Carroll led the Tigers with nine first-half points.
"(There was a) tremendous defensive effort by our guys. To hold a team like Nebraska to 19 points in the first half is a great accomplishment," Missouri head coach Mike Anderson said.
The second half belonged to the Tigers. Missouri erupted with big offensive plays as Lawrence hit two three-pointers.
"Matt gave us a great effort off the bench," Anderson said.
The Tiger defense stifled the Nebraska offense in the second half.
Junior forward Keith Ramsey had an amazing defense effort.
Ramsey had three blocks, one of which was described by Lawrence as a "volleyball spike."
"Ramsey had a big impact on the game," Anderson said. "Keith is a very important to our basketball team. I think we're a quicker team with him out there and we're better defensively."
The Tigers' 45-point second half was led by Leo Lyons, who scored all nine of his points in the second half.
J.T. Tiller and Marcus Denman each added seven second half points and ended up with 11 and 10 points respectively.
"We got a lot of guys that can come out and score. It doesn't have to be Leo and DeMarre every night." Anderson said.
The Tigers have now scored 45 points in the second half in each of their last three games and are earning the reputation of being a second half team.
"A lot of people think we're a second-half team. We went into the locker room at halftime and Coach Anderson told us the game was getting boring. We didn't want to be boring. That gave us energy, we came out ready in the second half," Tiller said.
"I think they want to come out and represent Missouri in a first class way." Anderson said.
The Tigers will have a week off to focus on their final five games.
Next week they will battle the cellar-dwelling Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder.
Now 22-4, the 17th-ranked Tigers look to continue their win streak in their final five games.
Note: Sean Pooley is a journalism student at the University of Missouri at Columbia.