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Mizzou tops Colorado 89-73 to move to 14-0 at home

Kim English busted a scoring slump with 21 points in a rare reserve role and No. 14 Missouri rattled Colorado into a season-worst 23 turnovers in an 89-73 victory on Saturday night.

Marcus Denmon added 17 points and Ricardo Ratliffe had 14 points and nine rebounds for Missouri (18-5, 4-4 Big 12), which is 0-4 on the road in conference play but has dominated at home. The Tigers are 14-0 in the Mizzou Arena and have led by at least 15 points in the second half of the last nine games.

Alec Burks had 21 points for Colorado (15-9, 4-5 Big 12), which has lost five of six but had been coming off a 26-point victory over Iowa State on Tuesday. Burks had a career-best 36 points in the Buffaloes' 13-point victory over then-No. 9 Missouri on Jan. 8 in Boulder, Colo.

Coach Mike Anderson shook up the lineup after consecutive Big 12 road losses, starting brothers Phil and Matt Pressey for the first time. Laurence Bowers also returned after six games and had six points and three rebounds while battling foul trouble. English was a reserve for only the second time this season.

Phil Pressey had 13 points, five steals and three assists, but Matt Pressey had only three points in 22 minutes.

English was 6 for 10 shooting overall with two 3-pointers, shaking off a string of unproductive outings. Missouri's top scorer from last year with a 14-point average was 1 for 8 with four points at Oklahoma State and entered the game shooting 29 percent in conference play.

Colorado had only 10 turnovers in the first Missouri matchup, but had 15 by halftime and topped the previous high of 20 in a victory at Kansas State last month. Missouri forced only 11 turnovers at Oklahoma State.

Marcus Relaphorde added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Colorado, which has lost 31 of its last 32 on the road to ranked opponents. Cory Higgins had 14 points.

English and Michael Dixon had six points apiece in an 18-4 run that gave Missouri a commanding 44-27 lead with 1:37 to go in the first half. Fans rose to their feet after Phil Pressey made a diving steal and fed to a wide-open Dixon at the basket to end the run, although Dixon disappointed a bit with a layup instead of a dunk.