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Big 12 Basketball Recap: Mizzou Overcomes Sloppy First Half, Forces Turnovers, Defeats North Florida

The 14th ranked Missouri Tigers played uninspired ball in their first game, so when the North Florida Ospreys hung close in the first half Saturday, Big 12 fans started to wonder. Could Mizzou have been overrated? Well, it was a tale of two halves, as the Tigers found their groove in the second half and finished the game with a 38 point victory, 96-58.

A few interesting points came from the game. Mizzou (2-0) stopped their consecutive games without a double-digit scorer streak at one, as Marcus Denmon led the Tigers with 18 points. Denmon was joined in the stat book by Ricardo Ratliffe, Kim English, Michael Dixon and Laurence Bowers, who each registered 10+ points. Bowers and Ratliffe led the Tigers with 10 rebounds each.

In the game, the Ospreys (1-3) broke the Mizzou Arena record for most turnovers in a game, committing 34, eclipsing the old mark of 28. Parker Smith led the Osprey in scoring, netting 17 on 5-9 shooting (4-8 from three).

The Tigers started the game on a 16-2 run, then went flat when they subbed in 5 fresh bodies, letting the Ospeys cut the lead to 3 with 5:12 left in the first. The teams went to the locker rooms with Mizzou up 41-33

The Ospreys again cut the lead to 3 early in the second half, but Mizzou started to run, and the Ospreys continued to turn the ball over, leading to the blowout.