Missouri's Michael Dixon, right, passes the ball as he is defended by Nebraska's Caleb Walker, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
Nebraska's Jorge Brian Diaz, left, argues a foul call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Marcus Denmon made five 3-pointers and matched his career best with 27 points, helping No. 15 Missouri end Nebraska's 11-game winning streak with a 77-69 victory Wednesday night.
Ricardo Ratliffe added 12 points, seven rebounds and four blocks for the Tigers (15-2, 1-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 13-point loss at Colorado that knocked them out of the Top 10. They succeeded playing at Nebraska's half-court style for the most part, and became the second team to top 70 points against the Cornhuskers.
Toney McCray had 17 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers for Nebraska (13-2, 1-1), which held its first 10 opponents under 60 points before beating Iowa State in the conference opener.
The Huskers, who briefly challenged in the second half and cut their deficit to three, entered the game fifth in the nation allowing 53.5 points per game.
Denmon scored 11 of the first 13 points for Missouri, totaling 14 in the half. He was scoreless for more than 13 1/2 minutes before picking it up again, and his dunk off a Nebraska turnover put the Tigers up by 11 with just under four minutes to go.
Michael Dixon had eight points in his first start since Dec. 11 as Missouri improved to 11-0 at home. Laurence Bowers did not start for the first time all season, but had 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.
Missouri has beaten Nebraska four straight times in the regular season.
Nebraska was 6 for 9 to start the second half, all but one of the baskets on drives, to whittle the deficit to 44-41. Missouri answered with nine straight points.
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