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Men’s basketball shoots 50% but falls to No. 21 Missouri 88-59

Freshman forward Ben Dickinson led the Bearcats with 15 points

November 26, 2011

Men’s basketball shoots 50% but falls to No. 21 Missouri 88-59

Box Score

Coach Macon postgame

Game highlights

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Senior guard Kim English struck for 29 points and unbeaten No. 21 Missouri continued its dominant play with a 88-59 win over visiting Binghamton (0-5) Sunday afternoon from Mizzou Arena. The Tigers (6-0), winners of 62 straight non-conference home games, own an average margin of victory of 27 points this season.

The Big 12 member Tigers built an 18-point halftime lead and then opened the second half with an 11-0 run to put the game away. English pumped in 29 points in the game’s first 25 minutes (11-of-14, 7-of-9 threes) before Missouri cleared the bench.

Freshman forward Ben Dickinson led the Bearcats with 15 points and seven rebounds. Junior guard Jimmy Gray hit for 13 points, freshman guard Chris Longoria added 12 points and sophomore guard Robert Mansell chipped in 11 points. Binghamton shot a season-high 50 percent but its 22 turnovers resulted in 16 more shots for Missouri, which shot 55 percent and drained 11 three-pointers. The Bearcats outrebounded their bigger foe, 30-27.

“We shot the ball well and we defended as well as we could have,” head coach Mark Macon said.  “But the turnovers hurt us. Twenty-one turnovers to their six … that’s the game right there. Missouri is a top-20 team on its home floor and they played good defense and hit their open shots today. But I thought we did a great job controlling our offense and our young guys played well. We’re getting better and just have to keep grinding it out.”

Binghamton actually put its best shooting half of the season together in the first period, converting 59 percent (13-of-22). After missing five of their first seven shots and falling behind 12-2, the Bearcats settled in and shot 73 percent the rest of the way (11-of-15). A 6-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Longoria trimmed BU’s deficit to seven, 21-13 with 9:27 left. Binghamton was within 10, 35-25, with 3:21 left before the Tigers ended the half on a 14-6 run that featured three treys from English (22 pts. in first half). It took nearly 15 minutes before Missouri was whistled for a foul on its home floor and by then, BU had been called for seven.

The Bearcats outrebounded the Tigers 14-9 in the opening period but surrendered eight three-pointers and committed 12 turnovers and trailed, 49-31 at the break. Dickinson scored 11 points in the opening half and Longoria and Gray added seven points apiece.

Missouri opened the second half with a crushing 11-0 run, keeping BU off the scoreboard for the first 3:50 of the period. The Bearcats did rattle off a 10-0 run midway through the period – a run that featured back-to-back threes from Gray and four points from Mansell, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half.

Binghamton returns home for four of its next five games beginning with a December 3 matchup with Army at the Events Center.

This was the eighth nationally-ranked opponent in BU’s 11-year Division I history and first since the Bearcats faced top-seeded Duke in the first round of the 2009 NCAA tournament.

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