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GALLERY: MU men's basketball beats Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Saturday, December 19, 2009 | 9:11 p.m. CST; updated 11:54 p.m. CST, Saturday, December 19, 2009
Missouri sophomore forward Laurence Bowers is swarmed by the Arkansas-Pine Bluff defense during the first half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena Saturday.

COLUMBIA — There didn't appear to be as much rust as Missouri men's basketball coach Mike Anderson had feared after a week-long break between games.

The Tigers (7-3)  shot 46 percent from the floor and caused 20 turnovers in its 88-70 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-9) on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. The win extends Missouri's home-court streak to 25 games.

Missouri used a 19-point first half run to pull ahead of Arkansas-Pine Bluff by 27, and the Tigers maintained a lead throughout the game. The Golden Lions came within 11 at halftime, but never got closer than that.

This was just the fourth game all season that the Tigers weren't outrebounded by their opponent. However, the Tigers finished with just one more rebound than the Golden Lions.

Missouri senior guard Zaire Taylor, freshman guard Michael Dixon and Miguel Paul laugh on the bench during the second half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena on Saturday night. Missouri defeated the Lions 88-70.
Missouri senior forward Keith Ramsey fights for possession with Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior forwards Lebaron Weathers and Tyree Glass during the first half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena on Saturday night.
Missouri sophomore guard Marcus Denmon drives into Arkansas-Pine Bluff senior guard Allen Smith as he moves down the court during the second half of the basketball game between the Missouri Tigers and Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions at Mizzou Arena Saturday night. The Tigers defeated the Lions 88-70.
Missouri sophomore guard Kim English moves down the court during the first half of the Tigers' win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

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