#11 Mizzou beats Presbyterian 70-55

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Justin Safford had 14 points and six

rebounds to lead No. 11 Missouri to a 70-55 win over Presbyterian

on Saturday in the first meeting between the schools.

Kim English also scored 14 for the Tigers (8-1), who used a 21-4

run over nine minutes of the first half to pull away. Marcus Denmon

knocked down two 3-pointers and had eight of his 12 points during

the surge.

Missouri took a 39-18 lead into the break, the fewest points

Missouri has allowed in the first half this season. The Blue Hose

had more turnovers (10) than baskets made, shooting just 7 of 20

for the half.

Ryan Hargrave led Presbyterian (3-6) with 14 points, and

Al'Lonzo Coleman and Jake Troyli each added 10. The loss drops the

Blue Hose to 0-20 all-time against teams from BCS conferences.