Morehead State no match for hot Missouri
Missouri completed a perfect December, beating Morehead State 75-61 at Mizzou Arena for its sixth win in a row.
Mark Smith led the Tigers (9-3) with 22 points, Jordan Geist scored 20 and Kevin Puryear added 12 points and eight rebounds.
A.J. Hicks led Morehead State (4-9) with 18 points, Jordan Walker added 12 and Lamontray Harris finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Missouri established control early, taking a 28-point lead on a Geist 3-pointer with 7:35 left in the first half. The Eagles trailed 45-22 at halftime. said. “We let our defense create the offense. We were getting stops and guarding their best players how they needed to be guarded and it created momentum for us.”
The Diddle Arena crowd of 7,614 wasn’t necessarily welcoming of Davison, who was greeted with a chorus of boos any time he touched the ball. Davison drew a charge and hit a free throw with two seconds left in Wisconsin’s 81-80 win last year in Madison, Wisconsin.
Davison had 13 points in the first half as the Badgers led 34-30 at the break before Western Kentucky roared out of the second half with a 9-0 run.
Banton’s 3-pointer from the top of the key put the Hilltoppers up 41-38 with 17:19 left and they never looked back.
Josh Anderson finished with 15 points and made a three-point play that pushed Western Kentucky to its largest lead of 11 points with 1:06 left.
“We were pretty good start to finish,” Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury said.