No. 3 Missouri Routes Oklahoma State 83-65
COLUMBIA, Missouri - Oklahoma State dropped it second game in a row as the No. 3 ranked Missouri Tigers stomped the Cowboys 83-65 Wednesday night in Columbia.
Even though OSU upset the top-five ranked Tigers in January, the Cowboys struggled to find offensive rhythm or a way to stop Missouri's offensive firepower.
Five Tigers scored in double figures led by Marcus Denmon who tallied 17 points. Ricardo Ratliffe and Michael Dixon both had 15 points and Kim English and Phil Pressey scored 13 apiece for Missouri who is now tied with Kansas for first place in the Big 12.
Missouri used nine minutes in the first half to go on a 23-4 run and never look back.
Le'Bryan Nash, who was instrumental in the Cowboys upset of MU earlier this season, was held to just 11 points and six rebounds. In the previous matchup he tallied a game-high 27 points.
OSU managed just 35.7 percent from the floor in the first half while Missouri poured in 59.3 percent of its shots to lead the Tigers to a 44-22 halftime advantage.
Keiton Page led Oklahoma State with 23 points as the Cowboys fall to 12-14 on the season and 5-8 in conference play.
The Tigers held a big advantage in points off the bench scoring 22 to OSU's two.
Missouri (24-2, 11-2) out reboundded the Tigers by eight which was a first for MU after being outrebounded by an average of more than nine boards the previous five games.
The Cowboys finished on 45.9 percent shooting from the floor and 42.9 percent from behind the arc.
Oklahoma State returns to action Saturday, Feb. 18 as they host Texas at 3 p.m.