Mizzou drops 18 threes on Chattanooga

COLUMBIA | On Missouri’s first couple of possessions, the Tigers struggled passing the basketball inside against Tennessee-Chattanooga.

No problem. Mizzou spent the rest of the night shooting three-point shots over the Mocs, hitting 18 on the way to a 99-56 victory.

Missouri - now 3-0 and unbeaten at home since falling to Oklahoma State on Feb. 26, 2008 - took 36 shots in the first half. Twenty-two of them were threes. The final total from beyond the arc was 18 of 37.

Kim English - with 26 points scoring a career high for the second straight game - led the bonus parade, hitting five of 11.

English threw down 21 of his points in the first half.

In doing so he became the first Tiger to score 20 in a half since Thomas Gardner scored half of his 40 points in the first half of an 89-86 overtime victory here over Kansas on Jan. 16, 2006.

At one point in the first half, public address announcer Randy Wright called out “Welcome to English class!”

The Tigers didn’t forget about defense either.

With 26 seconds to play, Miguel Paul slapped the ball out of the grasp of a driving Moc and to teammate John Underwood. It was a school-record 24th steal of the game.

The previous record was set against Florida A&M on Dec. 3, 1992, over at the Hearnes Center.

Marcus Denmon and Paul also scored their career highs, Denmon with 17 points and Paul with 14 (hitting four of six three-point attempts).