Kingsley, Arkansas cruise past Missouri 94-61
Jan. 13, 2016
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Arkansas's first road win of the season was a blowout of historic proportions, 94-61 over Missouri Tuesday night.
It was the Tigers' worst loss in the 11-year history of Mizzou Arena.
"I'm embarrassed," Missouri coach Kim Anderson said. "I thought we had played pretty well the other night against Auburn, but tonight, we didn't respond very well early in the game."
The Razorbacks shot 62.7 percent from the field, the highest shooting percentage in a Southeastern Conference game in school history.
Moses Kingsley had 24 points, five rebounds and four blocks. Kingsley made 8 of 8 from the field and converted on 8 of 10 free-throw attempts. He also had three assists, matching a career high.
"I thought he dominated the game from start to finish," Anderson said of Kingsley. "We didn't have an answer for him. We tried everybody."
Missouri forward Kevin Puryear defended Kingsley on and off, and was impressed with his abilities.
"He was definitely a presence," said Puryear. "He's a good player. We just didn't do a good enough job containing him inside. When we head to Buck Walton (Arena) we definitely need to pay more attention to that and make him more of a focal point."
Dusty Hannahs added 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting and Jimmy Whitt scored a career-high 15, including nine in the second half.
Arkansas (9-7, 3-1) didn't allow a field goal for the first 6:32 of the first half and opened the game on a 13-4 run. Missouri (8-8, 1-2) committed 14 turnovers leading to 23 Arkansas points.
"I thought from start to finish, our guys were really locked in on defense," Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said. "We continue to really stress our defense. Our defense created some offense for us."
Terrence Phillips led the way for the Tigers with 16 points. Namon Wright and Tramaine Isabell each had nine points.
The Razorbacks made 8 of 15 from 3-point range while Missouri hit just 3 of 15 from beyond the arc. Arkansas made 5 of 6 3-pointers in the second half, helping them to close the game on a 43-17 run.
"We were very efficient in sharing the basketball," Mike Anderson said. "When you shoot sixty-something percent on the road, your chances of winning are pretty darn high."
Arkansas: The Razorbacks are the only Power 5 Conference team with three players averaging more than 15 points per game. Hannahs averages 16.3, Kingsley 16.8 and Anthlon Bell 17.3...Kingsley is the first Razorback in the last 30 years to with eight double-doubles through the first 12 games...Whitt attended Rock Bridge High School in Columbia.
Missouri: Terrence Phillips had a four-game streak of four or more assists snapped...Puryear, Missouri's leading scorer (12.5 per game) and rebounder (4.9), finished with eight and three... Anderson, who left Missouri to coach Arkansas in 2011, is 4-3 against the Tigers.
Arkansas visits LSU Saturday.
Missouri visits No. 19 South Carolina Saturday.