Memphis St 79, Missouri 68
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) _ Center William Bedford scored 24 points, and Baskerville Holmes added 22 Saturday night as undefeated and third-ranked Memphis State beat Missouri 79-68 in a nonconference basketball game.
Jeff Strong scored 28 points for Missouri, the most against Memphis State this season.
Bedford led Memphis State with 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Vincent Askew and Holmes had nine rebounds apiece.
The victory ran the Tigers’ record to 19-0 for the season. Missouri is now 16-7.
Memphis State scored first on a slam dunk by Bedford, who slapped the tipoff to senior point guard Andre Turner then took Turner’s lob at the hoop.
After Missouri missed, Turner made it 4-0 with an assist by Askew.
Missouri came within a basket of the lead several times early in the first half, but Memphis State led 39-32 at intermission, then maintained a 10-point edge throughout most of the second period.
With two minutes left in the game, Memphis State led 74-66. Holmes collected a stuff and was fouled in the process. He sank the free throw to make it 77-66.
Turner, who finished with 10 points, sank both ends of a 1-and-1, and Missouri’s Mike Potthoff hit a layup from the left side at the final buzzer.
Memphis State connected on 35 of 72 shots from the field for a 48.6 percentage. Missouri was 28-64 for 43.8 percent.