COLUMBIA, Mo. — Reserve Michael Dixon scored 18 points and helped spark a 17-0 first-half run as No. 5 Missouri beat Texas A&M 70-51 on Monday, snapping an eight-game losing streak to the Aggies.
The Tigers (17-1, 4-1 Big 12) started the game by making only five of their first 14 shots from the field against the conference's best scoring defense. But Dixon's 3-pointer with 7:22 remaining in the first half started the 17-0 run that gave Missouri a 31-17 lead.
Elston Turner and Khris Middleton both had 13 points for Texas A&M (10-7, 1-4), which scored the first seven points of in the second half to get within 42-30. The Aggies got within 10 points three times, but could get no closer.
Marcus Denmon's steal and ensuing three-point play with 8:40 left started a 10-1 run for Missouri, which led 64-44 with 3:57 left in the game.
Missouri's last win over Texas A&M had been in the 2004 Big 12 tournament.
NO. 21 MARQUETTE 74, NO. 23 LOUISVILLE 63
MILWAUKEE — Darius Johnson-Odom scored 19 points and DaVante Gardner added 17 points and six rebounds to lead Marquette.
The Golden Eagles (15-4, 4-2 Big East) won their third straight conference game after losing to No. 10 Georgetown and top-ranked Syracuse.
Louisville (14-5, 2-4) has lost three of its last four conference games, including a 90-57 loss to Providence.
Jae Crowder added 14 points for Marquette, which trailed 18-2 after 7 minutes.
Russ Smith led Louisville with 20 points and Chris Smith added 19 points.
Louisville cut the lead to 57-53 with 8:16 left, but Gardner's three-point play gave Marquette a 60-53 lead with 7:36 remaining. Louisville then went almost 5 minutes without a field goal.