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 night time.
Tilmon, who got here in capturing a SEC-leading 74% from the ground, improved on that mark by going Eight of 11. Apart from a nine-point sport in opposition to 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 finest capturing 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 capturing.
Missouri jumped out to a 10-Zero lead and didn’t enable South Carolina to get nearer than 5 factors the remainder of the best way. 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 significantly 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 wish to stand up and down and play, you wish to have some pleasure,” Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin stated. “The hot button is it’s a must to proceed to develop in that position and the way you play that means, that tempo you play. However you’ve bought to nonetheless be robust 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 capturing.
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%).
“Should you’re not going to defend, offensively you’d higher make photographs,” South Carolina coach Frank Martin stated. “Our protection … it was not good in opposition to LSU the opposite day, and it was undoubtedly not good at the moment. You’re not outscoring good groups on the street. You’d higher defend.”
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Tilmon has developed into one of many SEC’s premier massive 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 optimistic COVID-19 take a look at — he beforehand caught the virus final summer season. Assistant Bruce Shingler stuffed in as performing head coach throughout Martin’s absence. Tuesday was South Carolina’s second sport in 4 days after beforehand enjoying two video games in 41 days as a consequence of a litany of COVID-19 points.
Missouri: Since an 11-day pause as a consequence 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.
Tilmon leads efficient No. 19 Missouri past South Carolina initially appeared on NBCSports.com