No. 13 Mizzou Tops Stanford 78-70
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — A balanced scoring attack helped the 13th-ranked Missouri Tigers outlast the Stanford Cardinal 78-70 in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thanksgiving.
Four different players scored in double digits for the Tigers, who went on a 10-0 run in the first half to take a 28-16 lead at the 7:07 mark. Stanford went a step further, answering with a 12-0 run to tie the game on a layup by junior forward Dwight Powell.
Missouri (4-0, 3-0 home) took a 37-34 lead into the half on senior guard Keion Bell’s layup at the buzzer.
Stanford (3-2, 0-0 away) held a 38-37 lead for a brief moment at the start of the second half, but Missouri jumped back in front on a three-pointer by senior forward Laurence Bowers. Mizzou never trailed after that.
The Cardinal pulled within two points with 3:16 left to play, but to no avail. Missouri outrebounded Stanford 38-33. Both teams had bad days from beyond the arc. Stanford finished 23.1% from three-point range while Missouri shot 21.1%.
Both Bowers and junior guard Earnest Ross posted double-doubles. Bowers finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Ross put up 10 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Phil Pressey had 18 points, eight assists, and four steals.
Missouri will face the winner between No. 2 Louisville and Northern Iowa in the semifinals on Friday.