Missouri uses second half to break away from Mississippi Valley state | Mizzou Xtra

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Tigers continued their offensive barrage in an 83-62 win over Mississippi Valley State Sunday night.

In that matchup against the Delta Devils, Missouri possessed the best offense in the SEC and 15thth Best in the nation with an average of 94 points per game. After 105 points against SIU-Edwardsville, the Tigers were looking to repeat their success against a team averaging 52.5 points per game.

But the Tigers had to muster some of their own energy over the Thanksgiving break because of the departure of the student fans.

“The COVID year has helped us a lot because we knew the bank would give us energy no matter what the situation,” said D’Moi Hodge.

Nick Honor entered this competition 17 points short of reaching 1,000 in his collegiate career, but he’ll have to wait at least one more game before hitting the milestone. Honor finished the game with 10 points and led the team with 6 assists.

“He’s very important, he’s our point guard, we follow his example,” said DeAndre Gholston.

Mizzou caught fire early on behind the arch. D’Moi Hodge, who scored 30 points against SIU-Edwardsville, continued his scoring with nine points in the first four minutes.

Hodge finished the game with a team-high 18 points and 6 steals. After starting 6-21 from beyond the arc in the first three games of the season, Hodge is 8-18 from 3-point range this week.

But the Tigers couldn’t stop Mississippi Valley State’s Terry Collins early on. Collins was the catalyst of the Delta Devils offense in the first half as he had 22 points.

“He’s a good player. He was shooting. His teammates found him and all he had to do was catch and shoot,” Gates said.

However, Mizzou went into halftime with a narrow 40-37 lead. The last time Mississippi Valley State defeated a Power 5 conference opponent was in 2003 against Northwestern in a narrow 49-47 win.

“This is the first time our guys have been Zoned for the entire game. It’s going to be necessary to let us know who we are because there’s no doubt someone else will be Zoned against us,” Gates said.

The Tigers suspended Collins in the second half, which helped create some separation on the scoreboard between them and the Delta Devils. Collins ended with a game-high 27 points.

“D’Moi Hodge and DeAndre Gholston did a great job in the second half to contain him,” Gates said.

Offensively, Isiaih Mosley broke out for the Tigers and scored 13 points during a seven-minute drought at Mississippi Valley State. Mosley helped put the game out of reach with a season-high 18 points.

“I thought Isiaih did a good job of spacing out and penetrating the zone,” Gates said.

Missouri maintained the rest of the game, finishing the contest 50% from the field and 10-30 from deep, earning the respect of the Delta Devil’s head coach.

“They’re a good shooting basketball team, they’re strong and they move the ball and we respect that,” said George Ivory.

Despite a 5-0 record and 21 assists, Gates said he wasn’t satisfied with one category.

“I’m not happy that we lost the rebounding category. That’s an area where we need to improve, but it’s fixable because we have to do it by committee,” Gates said.

Missouri’s next game is Wednesday at home against Coastal Carolina. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 PM CT.

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