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Five Tigers score in double figures as #3 Missouri beats Oklahoma State

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Marcus Denmon scored 17 points to lead five teammates in double figures and No. 3 Missouri avenged an earlier defeat with an 83-65 rout over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.

Ricardo Ratliffe and sixth-man Michael Dixon both had 15 points and Kim English and Phil Pressey scored 13 apiece for Missouri (24-2, 11-2), which is tied with No. 4 Kansas for first place in the Big 12.

Keiton Page led Oklahoma State (12-14, 5-8) with 23 points, but 14 of those came in the game's final 7 minutes once the outcome wasn't in doubt.

Missouri held Cowboys freshman Le'Bryan Nash to 11 points after he torched the Tigers for 27 in a seven-point win in Stillwater in January. Nash sat out 5 minutes early in the first half after picking up two quick fouls.

Missouri started slow, making just one of its first six shots as the Cowboys took an early 4-point lead. But the Tigers soon found their shooting touch and it fueled a 23-4 run over 9 minutes in first half that helped Missouri put the game away. They led 44-22 at halftime and by as many as 35 points with 7 minutes remaining before a late Oklahoma State run with several Missouri starters on the bench.

Dixon scored all but two of his points in the first half, connecting on all six of his shots. Pressey continued his strong outside shooting, making both of his 3-point shots in the first half, one game after hitting four 3 in a win over Baylor. And Ratliffe, who leads the nation with a shooting percentage of 73.7 entering Wednesday's game, had nine of his 12 rebounds in the first half while shooting 6 of 9 from the field.

The Tigers, who start four guards along with the 6-foot-8 Ratliffe, had a 37-29 rebound advantage, their first after being outrebounded by an average of more than nine boards the previous five games.

Missouri's lead was so large that coach Frank Haith was able to put little-used reserves Jarrett Sutton and Andrew Jones, a tight end recruited from the football team early in the hoops season to shore up a thin front line, into the game with nearly 5 minutes remaining.

Ratliffe's rebounds included a second-half offensive grab that he immediately flipped into the basket while falling down and getting fouled. That play gave Missouri its largest lead of the game.

Denmon had 13 points in second half -10 in the first 10 minutes - while going 3 of 7 from 3-point range.

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