COLUMBIA, MO (ASU) – An 0-for-11 start contributed to a 13-0 lead for Missouri and the Tigers held off a furious rally by Arkansas State in the second half to down the Red Wolves 88-78 on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.
Junior guard Devin Carter scored 20 or more points for the third-straight game as he finished with 24 points on 8-for-14 (57 percent) shooting. Junior guard Donte Thomas added 18 points and senior guard Sean Gardner pitched in with 17 points. Thomas led the Red Wolves with seven rebounds and five assists while Carter had six rebounds and four assists. Missouri had five players finish in double figures led by 14 points from Namon Wright.
Missouri grabbed a 25-point advantage with 18:45 remaining with a 62-37 lead, but A-State used a big 29-8 run covering 9:48 to cut the deficit to four, 70-66, with 4:54 remaining. Carter hit two 3-pointers on the run and Gardner and Frederic Dure had a trey each to spark the run.
The Tigers regained control as Wright drained a 3-pointer and a foul sent him to the line for a four-point play opportunity. Wright hit the free throw to give Missouri a 74-66 advantage and a turnover by A-State led to a fast break layup and the Tigers had a 10-point lead once again.
The two teams went back and forth over the final four minutes before the Tigers set the final score of 88-78. Missouri was 11-of-15 at the charity stripe in the second half while the Red Wolves were 5-of-9.
Missouri opened the game on a 13-0 run, aided by A-State opening the game 0-for-11 from the field. A-State was 2-for-16 over the first 10 minutes, facing a 19-5 deficit. The Tigers built a 27-7 advantage at 7:48 and a 13-3 run by A-State cut the deficit to 31-20 with 4:53 remaining in the half.
The Tigers used a 12-3 run to regain a 20-point advantage and took a 48-29 lead to the halftime break. The Red Wolves finished the first half shooting 11-for-35 (31.4 percent) while Missouri was 52.9 percent (18-for-34) from the field.
A-State finished the game 38.2 percent (26-of-68) from the field while the Tigers were 47.7 percent (31-65). The Tigers were 7-of-16 (43.8 percent) from 3-point range while the Red Wolves were 8-for-19 (42.1 percent), including 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) in the second half from long range.
Arkansas State returns to the Convocation Center to host 2015 NCAA Tournament qualifier North Dakota State at 7:05 Friday night.
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