COLUMBIA, Mo. — Jeremiah Tilmon had 19 factors and 10 rebounds in one other environment friendly efficiency, and No. 19 Missouri beat South Carolina 81-70 on Tuesday evening.
Tilmon, who got here in taking pictures a SEC-leading 74% from the ground, improved on that mark by going Eight of 11. Apart from a nine-point sport towards No. 6 Tennessee on Dec. 30, the massive man has scored no less than 14 factors in each convention sport.
“I’ve simply continued to let the sport come to me,” Tilmon stated. “I’m nonetheless not forcing something. I’ve been the identical participant because the starting of the season, I’d say. Issues are simply being higher for me, I suppose.”
Missouri (9-2, 3-2 SEC) had its greatest taking pictures efficiency general at 58.3%. Mark Smith scored 18 factors and went Three for 7 from 3-point vary for the Tigers. Dru Smith added 16 factors on 5-of-6 taking pictures.
Missouri jumped out to a 10-Zero lead and didn’t permit South Carolina to get nearer than 5 factors the remainder of the way in which. Up 45-34 at halftime, the Tigers weren’t fairly in a position to flip it right into a rout however had been by no means severely threatened.
The Tigers led by as a lot as 18 factors within the second half, and the 81 factors allowed by the Gamecocks had been a season excessive. Missouri additionally outscored South Carolina 20-7 in transition.
“You need to rise up and down and play, you need to have some pleasure,” Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin stated. “The secret’s it’s important to proceed to develop in that position and the way you play that method, that tempo you play. However you’ve received to nonetheless be powerful defensively to get stops.”
Reserve Keyshawn Bryant scored 19 factors for South Carolina (3-4, 1-2) and Trey Anderson had 17, additionally off the bench, as 45 of the Gamecocks’ factors got here from substitutes. South Carolina’s main scorers, A.J. Lawson and Jermaine Cousinard, mixed for 11 factors on 4-of-20 taking pictures.
The Tigers dedicated 19 turnovers, however the Gamecocks solely scored 18 factors off them. South Carolina tied its season excessive with 70 area aim makes an attempt, however shot 38.6% from the sector. The Gamecocks additionally struggled from the free-throw line, going Eight for 19 (42.1%).
“In case you’re not going to defend, offensively you’d higher make photographs,” South Carolina coach Frank Martin stated. “Our protection … it was not good towards LSU the opposite day, and it was positively not good at present. You’re not outscoring good groups on the street. You’d higher defend.”
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Tilmon has advanced into one of many SEC’s premier large males. The 6-foot-10 senior entered the sport averaging profession highs in each factors (16) and rebounds (7.8) throughout league play. His double-double Tuesday was his fourth in six video games.
South Carolina: Martin returned to the sideline for the primary time since his second constructive COVID-19 take a look at — he beforehand caught the virus final summer time. Assistant Bruce Shingler crammed in as performing head coach throughout Martin’s absence. Tuesday was South Carolina’s second sport in 4 days after beforehand taking part in two video games in 41 days as a result of a litany of COVID-19 points.
Missouri: Since an 11-day pause as a result of COVID-19 points, the Tigers have put up two double-digit victories in a row. Missouri additionally cracked the 80-point barrier for the fourth time this season, bettering its file to 4-Zero when doing so.
South Carolina: Hosts Auburn on Saturday.
Missouri: At No. 6 Tennessee on Saturday. The visiting Volunteers beat the Tigers 73-53 on Dec. 30.