NCAAB Game Recap - Wofford at Missouri
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:00 PM EST

ChaSo
46
MSU
94
F
UtVal
74
KY
82
F
Stetsn
51
OhSt
86
F
TexSA
50
UtSt
82
F
Colg
62
Aub
91
F
UCIrv
53
Colora
69
F
Wilbe
79
SCSt
103
F
N CO
61
WVU
69
F
(N/A)
39
NFla
115
F
Presb
53
ND
63
F
SMU
59
Evans
57
F
CarBi
57
Troy
84
F
W&M
70
Okla
75
F
Monm
50
Pitt
63
F
Hartfo
50
Oakl
60
F
Bry
73
Niag
62
F
App
41
UNCG
55
F
LIU
92
DelSt
84
F
MidTN
72
CoCar
93
F
(N/A)
58
CenMI
115
F
FaDi
65
Army
81
F
USC-Up
45
Akr
76
F
Eccle
55
South
121
F
(N/A)
51
McNee
103
F
HiPt
51
Belm
90
F
(N/A)
68
Leh
87
F
Campv
66
W Ky
109
F
(N/A)
61
E IL
114
F
SIU-E
56
SDak
71
F
JackSt
58
TxSt
73
F
Longw
48
NIU
65
F
Bacon
38
UMKC
111
F
Woff
56
Mizzu
75
F
HI
53
Ill
66
F
AF
54
TCU
65
F
MTTec
74
Mont
72
F
(N/A)
65
TNSt
99
F
AbCh
58
UNLV
72
F
PVAM
50
Cal
54
F
S UT
61
UCLA
76
F

Missouri 75, Wofford 56

Nov 18, 2019, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Wofford (2-3)

31

25

56

Missouri (3-1)

36

39

75

Missouri uses stingy defense to smother Wofford 75-56
Mon Nov 18, 2019 11:39 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) In Cuonzo Martin’s third year as Missouri’s coach, the Tigers are adopting the personality of their defensive-minded coach. Missouri held Wofford without a field goal for the final 14½ minutes of a 75-56 victory on Monday.

“We have a team that’s built to defend like that,” Martin said. “I think the biggest key is simply taking pride in what it means to be an elite defensive team, because that’s our goal.”

Nathan Hoover, who led Wofford (2-3) with 21 points, made a jumper with 14:35 left to cut Missouri’s lead to 45-43. That was the last basket of the game for the Terriers.

“Coach says defense is about heart and mental toughness,” said Mark Smith, who led Missouri with 19 points. “Anyone can play hard and do the best they can, and I think it’s just expected on our team.”

Jeremiah Tilmon scored 16 and Xavier Pinson finished with 10 points for the Tigers (3-1).

Tilmon, a junior forward, asserted himself early - he made the first 3-pointer of his career - on his way to seven first-half points. The lead changed hands six times in a back-and-forth first half before Dru Smith dished a nice pass to Parker Braun for a layup and then muscled in for a leaning jumper to help the Tigers take a 36-31 halftime lead.

Pinson helped the Tigers break the game open midway through the second half. It was tied at 45 when he created space with a crossover dribble and hit a jumper. He fed Mark Smith for a 3-pointer. Then Pinson made a steal and swooped in for a dunk. He added two free throws on the next possession to give the Tigers a 54-45 lead with 11:05 left.

After shooting 50% from the field in the first half, Wofford made only 19% after the break. Storm Murphy and Chevez Goodwin each scored 10 for the Terriers.

Martin said he told his players to tightly contest Wofford’s 3-point shooters and not worry about helping if the Terriers drove to the basket. He said Wofford’s players usually drive with the intent to pass, so it’s counterproductive to leave a player open to help defend the rim.

“They pressure you really well,” Wofford coach Jay McAuley said of Missouri’s defense. “Any time you can disrupt timing and disrupt some options, as you could see in the second half, we didn’t handle that too well and got frustrated.”

TWO POINTS ARE BETTER THAN ONE

Martin played point guards Dru Smith and Pinson together for long stretches, and the combination of playmakers helped Missouri’s offense go. Smith finished with seven assists and just one turnover, while Pinson added four assists.

Martin said he likes to play Smith and Pinson together, especially late in games.

“Both can make free throws, make shots, make decisions,” Martin said. “We need both of them to be elite defensively, and they’re making strides.”

BIG PICTURE

Wofford: The Terriers outrebounded the Tigers 31-23, which was a surprise given Missouri’s size advantage at every position. “To outrebound an SEC team, is a step forward for us,” McAuley said.

Missouri: By playing Wofford, the Tigers got an idea how they might stack up against Butler, a team they play next week in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. Butler beat Wofford 80-61 on Saturday, the same margin as Missouri’s victory over the Terriers.

UP NEXT

Wofford: The Terriers visit South Florida on Thursday.

Missouri: The Tigers play Morehead State on Wednesday at home.

Leaders

Wofford PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
I. Bigelow 0 0 0 0 0 0
D. Theme-Love 0 0 0 2 0 0
Missouri PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
R. Nikko 0 0 0 0 0 0
M. Smith 19 0 0 4 0 0

Team Comparison

Woff Mizzu
Points For 56 75
Field Goals 17/47-36% 28/51-55%
Three Pointers 6/22-27% 9/23-39%
Free Throws 16/18-89% 10/14-71%
Offensive Rebounds 10 5
Defensive Rebounds 21 18
Rebounds 34 24
Blocks 2 2
Steals 3 7
Turnovers 16 10
Personal Fouls 19 16
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Mizzu Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Mon Nov 18 Woff 56 @ Mizzu 75 T. Stumpe 3 P. Braun 4

Game Information

Stadium: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Missouri
Attendance: 8,144
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