Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mu Chips off Rust, Downs Washington Tigers Register 8th Road Victory in a Row

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mu Chips off Rust, Downs Washington Tigers Register 8th Road Victory in a Row

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The University of Missouri basketball team hadn't played in 10 days. But the Tigers were well-tuned enough Monday night to post a 71-61 nonconference victory over Washington.

Missouri has won eight consecutive road games, although its two triumphs away from Columbia this season had come on neutral floors. That includes a 76-58 victory over Illinois on Dec. 22 at Kiel Center, Mizzou's last game.

At first glance Washington (4-4) looked like an easy victory for Missouri (8-1). After all, the Huskies went just 5-22 last year, never winning back-to-back games.

But Washington was playing well entering Monday's game. The Huskies defense had forced 23.3 turnovers a game, including 29 in a victory over Michigan on Friday.

The Huskies already had won more games at home this year, four, than they did all of last year.

Missouri held a 4-2 lead, then embarked on a 7-4 run.

That semi-spurt was typical of the first half, in that Missouri couldn't take advantage of Washington's offensive woes. During that run, the Huskies went 5 minutes 11 seconds between field goals.

Washington committed 13 turnovers in the first half, four more than they gave up against Michigan, but Mizzou couldn't take advantage. To make matters worse for the Huskies, they only shot 42 percent when they held on to the ball.

But Missouri had trouble scoring, too, shooting just 38 percent in the first half. Combine everyone's ineptitude and the result was a 29-27 halftime lead for Missouri.

The Tigers' offensive problems started at the top of the lineup. Missouri's two leading scorers, O'Liney and Derek Grimm, were held scoreless in the first half. Entering the game, the duo had combined for 45 percent of MU's offense.

O'Liney went 0 for eight in the first half before being replaced by fellow walk-on Chip Walther (Burroughs). Sixteen seconds after entering the game, Walther was fouled while scrambling after a loose ball. He hit both free throws, giving him more points in 16 seconds than O'Liney scored in 14 minutes 15 seconds.

Grimm only managed one shot in 12 minutes and got only one rebound.

The 3-point shot, a staple of the Missouri offense also was non-existent. …

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