Fast-starting Missouri rolls William & Mary 94-56 - KMOV.com

Fast-starting Missouri rolls William & Mary 94-56

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Sixth-man Michael Dixon scored a career-high 30 points and No. 10 Missouri beat William & Mary 94-56 on Sunday for its best start in two decades.

Missouri (11-0) jumped to a 19-0 lead over the hapless Tribe, which missed its first eight shots while committing five fouls and 10 turnovers and didn't score until nearly 12 minutes into the game. William & Mary (2-9) made just five first-half baskets as Missouri took a 44-18 lead.

Kim English added 17 points for Missouri, which last started a season with 11 straight wins under long-time Tigers coach Norm Stewart 20 years ago at the old Hearnes Center.

Ricardo Ratliffe and Matt Pressey contributed 11 points each as Missouri outscored William & Mary 48-24 in the paint and shot 60 percent for the game. The game-opening run featured a dunk by Pressey on an alley-oop pass from his younger brother Phil.

Tim Rusthoven led the Tribe with 14 points.

Marcus Denmon, Missouri's leading scorer entering the game with a 20.9 average, was held to seven points on 3-of-11 shooting and went scoreless for most of the first half until converting a reverse layup off a lob pass as he fell to the ground.

That highlight earned the biggest cheer of the day at Mizzou Arena - at least until the game announcer reported that the Kansas City Chiefs upset the previously unbeaten Green Bay Packers, or when senior reserve forward Andrew Jones - who joined the team several weeks ago to help shore up a thin front line missing injured starter Laurence Bowers - scored his first two points of the season with free throws in garbage time.

The Tribe attempted to make it respectable early in the second half, scoring 20 points in the first 5 minutes - including a 15-4 run that led to a timeout by Missouri coach Frank Haith - to cut the lead to 18 points before the Tigers further extended it

Missouri entered the game outscoring its opponents by an average of 26.7 points. The Tigers' scoring average of 87.3 points was second in the NCAA.

Missouri is one of just seven unbeaten teams in Division I, joining Syracuse, Louisville, Baylor, Marquette, Indiana and Murray State. The Tigers next face border rival Illinois on Thursday in St. Louis. The Illini suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday to UNLV.

Missouri will then play one more nonconference game, visiting Old Dominion on Dec. 30, before opening what could be its final Big12 Conference season on Jan. 3 at home against Oklahoma. Missouri is headed to the Southeastern Conference and expects to join the SEC in the fall of 2012.

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