Late run lifts Missouri over Savannah State 74-45

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)—Missouri used a 14-0 run over 6:06 in the second half to offset an abysmal opening half and pick up its seventh straight win, beating Savannah State 74-45 on Wednesday night.

Missouri (12-3) led just 28-25 at halftime after averaging a 22-point lead in its previous nine home games. But Marcus Denmon, Justin Safford and Kim English combined for 28 second-half points to push the Tigers to the victory. English finished with 13 points, Denmon and Safford 12 apiece.

Despite a relatively strong shooting night (45.5 percent), Missouri was outhustled by a scrappy Savannah State team that picked up 12 offensive rebounds in the first half.

Savannah State (5-12) was spearheaded by Patrick Hardy’s career-high 14 points, but it was not enough to overcome a more talented Missouri team.

Since joining Division I before the 2002-03 campaign, Savannah State is 0-37 against teams from BCS conferences.

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Top Performers

 Top Performers
 Savannah St.
Patrick Hardy Patrick Hardy
4-8,  14 Pts
5 Rebs, 2 Assists
 Missouri
Justin Safford Justin Safford
5-8,  12 Pts
6 Rebs, 1 Assists

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