COLUMBIA | DeMarre Carroll said Missouri owed Cal one after the Golden Bears rallied past the Tigers last season at Berkley.
Well, Cal, this one on Sunday was for you.
Missouri 93, Cal 66.
And you don’t get much more convincing than that.
The Tigers built a 24-point lead in the first half. Cal whittled it to 11 at the break. Within the first minute of the second half the Bears cut the MU lead to just 10 points.
And then, just like that, the Tigers hit Cal with an 11-0 run and never looked back.
Carroll led the way with 19 points and Leo Lyons tossed in 18. Together they hit 15 of 23 shots, seven of nine free throws, grabbed 14 rebounds and handed out six assists.
But the two senior stars had plenty of help from true freshmen Kim English (16 points and at one point hit hit four straight threes), and Marcus Denmon (14 points).
Missouri is now 7-1 with victories over Pac 10 opponents USC and Cal (6-2). And with games upcoming against Murray State and Stetson, the Tigers could carry a 9-1 record and a spot in the nation’s top 25 into the annual Braggin’ Rights Game Dec. 23 against Illinois in St. Louis.