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Missouri dominates second half to improve to 5-0

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kim English was held scoreless on Wednesday night. He made a point of not letting it happen again.

English scored a season-high 18 points after going scoreless in his last outing and Missouri (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today, No. 11 AP) rolled past Arkansas-Pine Bluff 91-63 on Sunday afternoon.

"I've been playing pretty much consistently the same all season. I just try to be a common force out there," English said. "When I'm out there, I'm not worrying about anything else except winning."

The junior has only gone without a point five times in his career. He played eight minutes in the Tigers' 83-71 victory over LaSalle in the finals of the Cancun Challenge on Wednesday.

Ricardo Ratliffe had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (5-0), who started the second half on a 16-1 run to pull away from the Golden Lions (0-6). Missouri allowed just one shot during the first four minutes of the span.

The double-double for Ratliffe is his third this season and the teams fourth, the Tigers recorded only five all of last season.

"He's a relentless rebounder," Tigers coach Mike Anderson said. "He can help us get our fast break started and it's nice when you have a guy you know will get you some boards."

Dominic Moore led Pine Bluff with 15 points and 11 rebounds. The Golden Lions dressed eight players after scratching five before the game.

They finished with 26 turnovers.

"They did an outstanding job with pressure defense," coach Greg Ivory said. "I thought our guys definitely battled some fatigue."

Laurence Bowers added 18 points and five rebounds for Missouri, which got its 50th straight nonconference win.

The Tigers shot 55 percent, including 7 of 11 3-pointers.

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