By: Josh Neighbors
The Missouri Tigers men’s basketball team capped off a successful 2-0 weekend on Sunday night with a 73-55 victory over the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore Hawks (0-2).
The game was tight for the first period as the teams went back and forth, and the Tigers held only a 34-32 advantage at halftime. But in the second half, Kim Anderson’s squad outscored the Hawks 39-23.
Junior guard Wes Clark led a balanced Mizzou attack, scoring 15 points including a trio of three pointers. Kevin Puryear scored in double digits for the second consecutive game, tallying 13 points following his 20-point performance on Friday night. Freshman guard Terrence Phillips also got into double figures with 11 points.
Sophomore forward D’Angelo Allen made his first appearance of the year, playing 17 minutes while scoring 2 points and providing stingy defense on the interior. Allen was suspended for the exhibition last Friday night against Missouri Western and Friday’s win against Wofford.
For UMES, junior forward Bakari Copeland and senior guard Devin Martin combined for over half of the teams points scoring 16 and 13 respectively. The Hawks did not shoot particularly well tonight, going 38% from the floor, including a 7-20 (35%) mark from beyond the arc.
The Tigers will next travel to Cincinnati to take on the Xavier Musketeers (1-0) at the Cintas Center on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. before heading to Kansas City next week to participate in the CBE Hall of Fame classic, beginning with a matchup against Kansas State (1-0).
The UMES Hawks will travel to Spartanburg, S.C. for their next matchup, as they take on the Wofford Terriers, who fell to Mizzou 83-74 Friday at Mizzou Arena.