English heats up as Mizzou routs Texas-Pan American

Monday, November 23, 2009

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri coach Mike Anderson thought struggling guard Kim English needed to take the pressure off of himself. So he made English a reserve Sunday, hoping to kick-start English's game.

It worked.

English scored a career-high 25 points off the bench on 9 of 12 shooting, including 5 of 6 from 3-point range, as Missouri rolled to a 100-44 victory over Texas-Pan American in the opening round of the South Padre Island Invitational.

English started both of the Tigers' exhibition games as well as the season opener, but after shooting just 23.3 percent (7 of 30) combined, Anderson made the switch.

"We don't have any starters, we just have 13 guys," English said. "We all play together in practice and whatever lineup's out there, we've seen it before."

Six of English's points came during a 28-0 first-half run by Missouri (2-0) that saw Texas-Pan American (0-4) miss 12 consecutive shots over a span of 11:19.

"I thought he came in a lot more relaxed. He wasn't just focused on shooting," Anderson said. "He did other things."

The Tigers finished the first half on a 46-5 run to turn an 8-4 deficit into a 50-13 lead.

"I thought we were looking good at 8-4, after that it got a little shaky," first-year Broncs coach Ryan Marks said.

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