COLUMBIA, Mo. - Frank Haith begins his reign at Mizzou the way he wanted, with a victory.
Senior Ricardo Ratliffe scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the No. 25 Missouri Tigers to a 83-68 victory over the Southeast Missouri State at the Mizzou Arena Friday night.
The Tigers had to earn the win early. Mizzou jumped out to a 24-17 lead midway through the first-half. The Red Hawks responded over the next five minutes, using a 15-8 run for a six-point lead. Missouri regained the lead 38-36 at halftime.
The Tigers used a 19-9 lead over the first seven minutes of the second-half to take control of the game. Senior guards Marcus Denmon and Kim English added 20 and 19 points in the win.