Carroll helps Missouri beat Stetson -

Carroll helps Missouri beat Stetson

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Senior forward DeMarre Carroll had 14 points and seven rebounds as Missouri got past a slow offensive start to beat the Stetson Hatters 78-44 on Saturday night.

Matt Lawrence added 12 points, while sophomore forward Justin Safford also had double figures with a career-high 10 points.

Leo Lyons had a season-low five points on 2-for-7 shooting from the field with six rebounds.

The Missouri offense was borderline anemic in the first half, shooting just 31 percent.

Stetson (5-4) held Missouri to a season-low 27 points in the first half.

"We weren't making shots in the first half and I attribute part of that to finals," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. "We just seemed a tad bit off."

After finally taking the lead seven minutes into the game, the Tigers' defense made it stick, forcing 12 turnovers and giving up just 18 points.

"One thing that was there the whole time was our defense," Lawrence said. "Stetson did struggle shooting the ball but when you give up 18 points in the first half, it's pretty good."

Stetson scored just 11 points over the final 13:30 of the first half.

Missouri (9-1) was strong in the second half, scoring 51 points on 70 percent shooting.

"It was a tale of two halves," Anderson said.

Ironically, the 51-point second half for Missouri was the Tigers' highest team scoring output of the season.

Stetson didn't have the same luck, finishing the game 16-of-59 from the field, and 1-of-17 from behind the 3-point line.

A.J. Smith led Stetson with 10 points.

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