Lyons, defense lead Missouri to 84-70 win over Maryland
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—Leo Lyons had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Missouri swarmed Maryland into numerous mistakes for an 84-70 victory over the Terrapins on Tuesday night in the consolation game of the CBE Classic.
Missouri (4-1) twice rallied from double-digit leads in the semifinals against No. 10 Michigan State, using their frenetic defense to rattle the Spartans into 17 turnovers. The Tigers’ pressure had the same effect early against Maryland, which had 12 turnovers in the first half, including two at the start of a 10-0 run that put Missouri up 39-29.
Darryl Butterfield hit some big shots after leading scorer DeMarre Carroll went out with foul trouble. Butterfield finished with 11 points. Carroll also had 11, but played just 15 minutes, four in the second half.
Maryland (3-2) never made it all the way back from the early deficit thanks to all the turnovers, finishing with 22 that led to 28 points for Missouri.
It didn’t help that the Terps had another rough night shooting from the outside.
Maryland 1-for-15 from 3-point range, barely extending its streak of making at least one 3-pointer to 290 games when Landon Milbourne dropped one in with 22 seconds. Eric Hayes was the only player to make a 3-pointer against UCLA in the semifinals, when he made one with 26 seconds left on a 1-for-11 night for the Terps.
Missouri didn’t fare much better. The Tigers shot 3-of-18 from beyond the arc, many of the misses coming on wide-open looks. Matt Lawrence, Missouri’s best 3-point shooter a year ago at 44 percent, had the worst of it, going 1-for-7.
After watching Carroll take just two shots in the first half against Michigan State, Missouri coach Mike Anderson said he needed to find ways of getting him the ball.
It took Anderson less than 24 hours to follow through, running most of the early offense through Carroll. And the junior forward was much more aggressive than against Michigan State, posting up hard or driving hard to the basket on nearly every touch, scoring eight points in the game’s first 5 1/2 minutes.
Then Carroll got in foul trouble. He sat the final 7 minutes of the first half after picking up his second foul and started the second with two quick fouls, his fourth coming four minutes in on a reach-in with Butterfield at the scorer’s table ready to replace him.
Carroll returned with 2:52 left in the game and fouled out 33 seconds later.
Lyons picked up the slack when Carroll was out in the first half, starting a 10-0 run with a three-point play and finishing the first half with 13 points.