Columbia, Mo. Missouri shook off its offensive woes to rout SIU-Edwardsville.
DeMarre Carroll had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help No. 25 Missouri cruise past SIU-Edwardsville, 107-57, on Saturday.
“We didn’t just rely on the perimeter and we attacked and he was the recipient of a lot of passes right around the net,” Missouri coach Mike Anderson said of Carroll.
Carroll, averaging 16.5 points a game, tweaked his ankle early in a 75-59 loss to Illinois and scored only six points in his first single-digit scoring effort of the season.
“It gets that bitter taste out your mouth,” Carroll said. “We needed a win and we came out, giving credit to that team, with intensity and wanting the win in this game.”
Missouri (10-2) had six players in double figures Saturday against the Cougars. Guard Miguel Paul scored 12, while Kim English and Laurence Bowers each had 10 points. Leo Lyons and Marcus Denmon each added 11 points.
Mark Yelovich led SIU-Edwardsville (2-11) with 13 points.
Missouri rebounded strongly from its loss to Illinois. The 59 points on 37 percent shooting from the field in that game were both season lows for the Tigers. But in Saturday’s game against SIU-Edwardsville, Missouri had 58 points in the first half alone and led by as many as 36.
The Tigers connected on 21 shots, just two less than they converted all game against Illinois. For the game, Missouri shot 54 percent from the field and hit eight threes.
SIU-Edwardsville scored the game’s first basket, but didn’t threaten after the game was tied, 5-5. Cougars coach Lennox Forrester said Missouri did a number of things well to beat his team.
“Their athleticism, their basketball IQ, the way the defend, how hard they play,” he said. “That was a very good basketball team. ... They’re well-coached. They move the ball well and make the extra passes on offense.”
The 107 points is the most this season for the Missouri offense, while the 50-point win is the second such margin of victory for the Tigers this season.