Missouri cruises past Mountaineers
by Staff Reports
The Mountaineers (1-6) fell into an early 7-0 hole to the Tigers (6-1) before notching their first points of the game on Nathan Healy jumper with 17:42 on the clock.
It would be all the closer that Appalachian would get as Missouri dominated the first half of play. The Tigers shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the floor and limited the Mountaineers to just 25.0 percent (8-of-32) shooting.
Jay Canty led all players with a career-high 29 points. He also grabbed six rebounds, grabbed three steals and dished out two assists.
The Tigers grabbed their first double-digit lead (16-6) with 13:16 remaining in the first period and extended the lead to as many as 24 points (39-15) in the final two minutes before the Mountaineers scored six-straight to cut the deficit to 18 points (39-21) at the half.
Appalachian’s run would continue into the second half as the Mountaineers scored the first four points to make it 39-25.
Missouri responded with a 7-0 run of its own to push its lead to 21 points (46-25) and never looked back en route to its second-straight win.