Missouri men's basketball beats Texas A&M

Monday, January 16, 2012 | 7:11 p.m. CST; updated 9:20 p.m. CST, Monday, January 16, 2012
Missouri's Michael Dixon takes the ball to the rim during the first half of play as the Tigers took on the Texas A&M Aggies at Mizzou Arena on Monday. Dixon had 16 points in the first half.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's basketball team defeated Texas A&M 70-51 on Monday in front of 15,061 fans at Mizzou Arena to stay unbeaten at home.

The Tigers, who reached No. 5 in today's AP poll, trailed Texas A&M 17-14 with eight minutes left in the first half before Michael Dixon made a 3-point shot that triggered a 28-6 run that gave Missouri a 19-point lead at halftime.

Dixon made four shots from 3-point range and finished the first half with 16 points. He went on to lead four Missouri players in double figures with 18 points.

Ricardo Ratliffe finished with 17 points and six rebounds, Marcus Denmon contributed 16 points and nine rebounds and Phil Pressey scored 10.

Missouri, which outrebounded Texas A&M 38-26, improved to 17-1 and 4-1 in Big 12 Conference play.

The Tigers are set to play next on Saturday at No. 3 Baylor in Waco, Texas.

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