(Sports Network) – Laurence Bowers scored 20 points with nine rebounds and six steals, leading 20th-ranked Missouri in a 77-59 victory against Baylor.
Kim English added 16 points for the Tigers (22-6, 8-5 Big 12), who have won four in a row and improved to 17-0 at home this season. Ricardo Ratliffe had 11 points and 13 boards in the victory.
Quincy Acy led the Bears (17-10, 6-7) with 13 points and nine rebounds, but they lost for the third time in four games.
Missouri led almost the entire game thanks to a staunch defensive effort in the first half, when it held Baylor to 30 percent (9-of-30) shooting.
The Tigers started to pull away late in the opening period, when they scored nine consecutive points to take a 29-15 lead. English opened the burst with a three-pointer and a layup, and Ratliffe ended it with consecutive buckets, scoring the second with 5:19 on the clock.
Missouri carried a 33-20 advantage into the break, though Baylor got back within single digits early in the second half — Acy’s dunk had the Bears within 41-33.
But the Tigers countered with another 9-0 stretch to gain some separation. English closed it with a three to put Missouri up by 17 with 13 minutes to go.
The Tigers led by double digits the rest of the way, pushing the margin into the 20s in the final three minutes.
Missouri has won 52 of its last 54 home games since the end of the 2007-08 season…LaceDarius Dunn had 12 points for Baylor, while Perry Jones III added 10 points and 10 boards. J’mison Morgan also scored 10 in the loss…Marcus Denmon netted 13 for Missouri.