Mizzou crushes Coppin State by 33

COLUMBIA | As final tune-ups go, Missouri’s last non-conference game before Big 12 play was a toot-your-own-horn affair.

With Matt Lawrence hitting six of seven three-point shots for 18 points and Kimmie English three of four threes for nine points, Mizzou garnered 27 points from its top two swingmen.

Not that many other Tigers did not join in the swing of the evening as well. With DeMarre Carroll scoring 16 points and freshman Laurence Bowers contributing two highlight dunks, Mizzou prepped for the start of conference play with an 88-55 blowout of Coppin State.

Lawrence - the senior starter - hit five of five from three in the first half and six straight before missing. English, a true freshman and Lawrence’s replacement, finished three of five from three-point land and scored all his points in the first half.

Mizzou - before a crowd of 7,244 - moved into position to advance to 13-2 early, building a 51-17 lead at the half with a 20-3 run over the last seven and a half minutes of the first period.

The half-time lead matched Missouri’s largest of the season, first achieved over SIU-Edwardsville.

The blowout was to be anticipated. Coppin State now stands 2-12 and just Saturday lost at Oklahoma 93-62. The Eagles also lost at Kansas 85-53 on Nov. 28 and 80-63 at Colorado one month later.

Missouri opens Big 12 play at 10-3 Nebraska at 1 p.m. on Saturday.