Nov. 23, 2008

Courtesy of Missouri

San Juan, P.R. - San Juan, P.R. - DeMarre Carroll scored a career high 29 points and added 11 rebounds for his first double-double of the season to lift Missouri Basketball to an 83-72 win over No. 19 USC in the fourth-place game of the 2008 O'Reilly Auto Parts Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Sunday afternoon in San Juan.

Carroll dominated against the larger USC front line, hitting 11-of-17 shots from the floor and 3-of-3 shots from three-point range, while also adding the season high 11 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a blocked shot.

For the three-game event, including games against Xavier, Fairfield and the No. 19 Trojans, Carroll averaged 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 steals for the Tigers, who improved to 4-1 on the young season.

"I thought we had a great all-around effort today and DeMarre sure made a lot of plays to keep us going against a good USC team," Head Coach Mike Anderson said. "I think our bench played excellent and really allowed us to impose our style late in the game, during some crucial minutes."

The Mizzou bench certainly performed well, scoring 27 points as a whole, outscoring the Trojan bench 27-18. The Tigers continued to be one of the nation's most unselfish teams as well, dishing 20 assists, while committing just 12 turnovers against a good USC backcourt.

Delaware transfer Zaire Taylor dished five assists and helped force Daniel Hackett into eight turnovers. While Missouri was out-rebounded 39-34 on the afternoon, the Tigers actually trailed 10-1 in rebounding early in the game and out-glassed the Trojans 33-29 over the game's final 34 minutes.

"That was certainly a big factor in the ball game," Anderson said. "They are a great rebounding team. They were physical early on, but when you have such a young team you have to withstand some of those early blows and find you comfort level. We were able to withstand them early and played well in the second half."

Missouri outscored USC 46-29 in the final 20 minutes as the Tigers battled back from a 12 point deficit to shoot in front by as many as 13 in the second half. Missouri used a 15-3 run in the final six minutes to build up that margin.

Missouri returns to action next Sunday against yet another returning NCAA Tournament opponent, Oral Roberts, at Mizzou Arena.