University of Missouri

Missouri notes: Tigers get off to slow start

First half

• Key play:

Tony Criswell, a 6-foot-9 senior forward, hit two jumpers at the end of the first half, giving the Tigers a 31-22 lead.

• Key stat:

The good: Missouri held Western Michigan to 26.5-percent field goal shooting. The bad: The Tigers committed 9 turnovers.

Second half

• Key play:

With 32 seconds left, Western Michigan fouled Missouri’s Wes Clark. Clark made both free throws to lift the Tigers to a 65-58 lead.

• Key stat:

Missouri made 14 turnovers, but it still shot 50 percent from the field for the game.

Slow start

The 31 points the Tigers had in the first half matched their lowest halftime output of the season.

The Tigers also had 31 points against Gardner-Webb, a team the Tigers went on to beat 72-63.

• The victory kept Missouri’s home winning streak alive. The Tigers have now won 25 consecutive games at Mizzou Arena dating back to the final home game of the 2011-12 season. That is the longest active streak in the nation.

• This is just the 10th time in Missouri history that the Tigers have started the season 10-0.

• Nonconference teams haven’t fared well at Missouri. The Tigers have reeled off 80 consecutive wins versus nonleague opponents.

| Brent Frazee, bfrazee@kcstar.com

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