No. 19 Missouri men top Oklahoma 84-61

From Staff and Wire Reports Modified: February 12, 2011 at 6:49 pm •  Published: February 12, 2011
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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Another rout at home, fueled by a deep bench, helped Missouri shake off a recent spanking at Kansas.

The 19th-ranked Tigers got 16 points from Michael Dixon and 11 from fellow reserve Justin Safford, improving to 15-0 at home with an 84-61 victory over Oklahoma on Saturday.

“Guys coming off the bench, they know what Coach is looking for,” Safford said. “And that's energy.”

Marcus Denmon, Missouri's leading scorer with a 16.5 point average, needed stitches to close a wound just below the right eye after taking an inadvertent elbow from teammate Laurence Bowers under the Oklahoma basket with just under 18 minutes remaining. He did not return, finishing with nine points, but is expected back Tuesday against Texas Tech.

Cameron Clark had 16 points and Tyler Neal had 14 for Oklahoma (12-12, 4-6), which is 1-10 on the road and has a freshman and three sophomores starting. Cade Davis, the Sooners' lone senior and second-leading scorer with a 12.6 average, was scoreless in the first half and finished with five points.

Coach Jeff Capel said players didn't abide by his halftime speech to concentrate on transition defense. Capel called a quick timeout after Missouri scored six points in the first 1 1 / 2 minutes after the break to take a 12-point lead.

“I don't know who that was out there for us in the second half,” Capel said. “That's not taking anything away from Missouri because they took it from us.”

Saturday's box score