Missouri men's basketball team leads Villanova 42-29 at halftime

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 | 7:09 p.m. CST

The Missouri men's basketball team leads Villanova 42-29 at halftime of Tuesday night's game at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Senior Marcus Denmon leads the Tigers with 15 points followed by senior Ricardo Ratliffe with 12 points and six rebounds. 

Sophomore Phil Pressey opened the game with assists on Missouri's first four baskets. But with early foul trouble, the guard found himself on the bench. 

The Tigers, who were leading the Big 12 in field goal percentage and ranked fourth nationally entering the game, shot only 34.1 percent in the first half. 

For two minutes, half way through the first half, the score was frozen with Villanova leading 21-19. A layup by Denmon, assisted by junior Michael Dixon, sparked the Tigers 21-8 run to finish out the half. 

After holding on to the ball for the last shot, Denmon tipped in a missed layup by Dixon to give the Tigers a 13-point lead. 

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