MU finishes off Old Dominion, December to remember

Old Dominion still can brag about not being out-rebounded in a basketball game this season. But just barely.

And the fact that Missouri stood toe-to-toe with the Monarchs on the glass -- out-boarded merely 33-32 -- played a big factor in the No. 10-ranked Tigers rolling to an 81-58 triumph.

Missouri, in fact, out-rebounded Old Dominion 10-9 on the offensive glass.

It did not hurt, of course, that Missouri guards Marcus Denmon, Michael Dixon and Matt Pressey were on fire shooting the ball.

Denmon scored 22 points, hitting five of eight 3-point shots.

Dixon scored 18, going three for three from deep.

Pressey hit six of nine shots on the way to 15 points.

Oh, and Ricardo Ratliffe, on the way to 10 points, hit five of six shots.

Old Dominion, now 9-3, had been dominating the glass. Out-rebounded Georgetown by eight, Richmond by 12, Delaware by 16 and Maryland Eastern Shore by 36. Yes, 36.

But at the half, Missouri held an 18-15 rebounding edge, 7-2 on offensive rebounds.

Missouri finished December 8-0, its first unbeaten December since the 1991-’92 season, and now stands 13-1, last losing in overtime to Georgetown on Nov. 30.