Missouri men's basketball beats William and Mary

Sunday, December 18, 2011 | 4:04 p.m. CST; updated 5:46 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 18, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's basketball team used a big early lead to rout William and Mary 94-56 on Sunday at Mizzou Arena. 

The No. 10-ranked Tigers held the Tribe (2-9) scoreless for more than 12 and a half minutes to start the game to build a 19-0 lead. 

Missouri coasted to a 44-18 halftime lead, led by junior Michael Dixon's 14 first-half points. Dixon finished the game with 30 points, a career high, and the Tigers improved to 11-0.

Three other Tigers scored in double figures. Kim English scored 17, while Ricardo Ratliffe and Matt Pressey each had 11. Ratliffe led the team with seven rebounds and sophomore Phil Pressey led the team with five assists.

The Tigers will look to go to 12-0 on Thursday against Illinois at the annual Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis. With a win, the Tigers would be 12-0 for the first time since the 1981-82 season, when they started 19-0. 

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