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Tribe Suffers Setback at No. 10/8 Missouri
Updated: Monday 12/18/2011 (ET)
by TribeAthletics.com
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Columbia, Mo. - The William and Mary men's basketball team dropped a road contest at No. 10/8 Missouri, 94-56, on Sunday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. The Tribe fell to 2-9 on the year, while the Tigers remained undefeated at 11-0.

Sophomore forward Tim Rusthoven led the Tribe with 14 points, four rebounds and three assists. The Winfield, Ill., native was 4-of-8 from the floor and 6-of-7 from the charity strip against Mizzou. Sophomore guard Matt Rum and freshman Marcus Thornton each finished with 10 points for the Green and Gold. Rum knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and equaled Rusthoven with a team-best four rebounds.

Defense was the name of the game early as neither team could find its rhythm offensively. The Tribe limited Mizzou, which entered the game ranked No. 4 nationally in points per game, to just 2-of-8 from the field in the opening six minutes of the contest, but could not capitalize on the offensive end. The Tigers scored the opening 19 points of the game to seize control.

After Missouri led 44-18 at the half, W&M used a strong start to the second half to cut into the margin. With the Mizzou lead reaching 54-26, the Green and Gold closed to 18 with a 12-2 spurt. Rusthoven and sophomore Brandon Britt scored back-to-back buckets for the College. After a Tiger jumper, the College scored eight straight points to close the gap to 56-38, forcing a Missouri timeout.

Senior forward Quinn McDowell knocked down a 3-pointer from the right corner, before Thornton drilled a free throw line jumper in transition. McDowell capped the run with a triple from the top of the key off an assist from senior Kendrix Brown to cut the deficit to 18 with 14:44 remaining in the game. In total, the Tribe scored 20 points in the opening 5:16 of the second half to close the gap. Out of the timeout, though, Missouri scored seven straight points and W&M could get no closer than 22 the rest of the way.

Missouri shot 60.3 percent (35-of-58) from the field for the game and connected on 17-of-20 from the charity stripe. The Tigers also turned in an impressive 18 assists compared to just six turnovers. W&M finished the contest shooting 35.8 percent (19-of-53) from the floor, including a 45.2 percent (14-of-31) clip in the second half.

Junior Michael Dixon led all scorers with 30 points on 13-of-19 form the floor for Missouri. Kim English tallied 17 points, while Ricardo Ratliffe and Matt Pressey each poured in 11 points. For W&M, Brown was a perfect 3-of-3 from the floor for seven points, while Britt also tallied seven points for the Green and Gold.

W&M will play its final game before the Christmas holiday when it hosts Iona on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in the rematch of the team's 2010 BracketBusters affair played in New Rochelle, N.Y. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m. at Kaplan Arena. Fans can catch the action over the Tribe Radio Network with Jay Colley, Bill McDonald and Charlie Woollum on the call. The Tide 92.3 FM in Williamsburg is the flagship station of the Tribe Radio Network and the broadcast will be available over the Internet at TribeAthletics.com. The live video feed can also be purchased at the home for W&M Sports.










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