PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri defeats Cornell in the first round
The 78-59 win sends the Tigers on to the second round of the NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Friday, March 20, 2009 | 5:49 p.m. CDT;
updated 3:08 p.m. CDT, Sunday, March 22, 2009
Cornell forward Ryan Wittman tries to get rid of the ball as Missouri guard Marcus Denmon, right, defends during the second half of Missouri's win.
Boise, Idaho — Cornell hung close to Missouri in the first half, trailing 29-25 at the break, but Missouri's athleticism and defensive pressure proved to be too much in the end.
The third-seeded Tigers move on to face sixth-seeded Marquette on Sunday afternoon in the second round.
Missouri guard J.T. Tiller leaps out of bounds chasing a loose ball against Cornell.
MU's DeMarre Carroll celebrates a change of possession during the second half.
Leo Lyons makes a break for the basket. Lyons finished the day with a game high 23 points.
Forward DeMarre Carroll drives to the basket against Cornell's Brian Kreefer. Carroll had 13 points on the day in Missouri's 78-59 victory.
Nine-year-old Jack Kropf, along with his mother, Terri, and his father, Dave, cheer on the Tigers during the Cornell game on Friday. The family, from St. Joseph, flew in Thursday night, and Dave Kropf said they will follow the Tigers until they lose.
J.T. Tiller battles Cornell's Adam Wire for possession of the ball.
Missouri guard J.T. Tiller attempts a lay-up. Tiller finished the game with 11 points and six assists.
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