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L.G. Patterson, Associated Press
Missouri's Marcus Denmon, left, congratulates teammate Kim English, right, after English scored during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in Columbia, Mo.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Kim English scored 19 points in the first half, Marcus Denmon had 13 after the break and No. 2 Missouri had just enough to avoid a second straight upset with a shaky 63-50 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.

Ty Nurse had 15 points for Texas Tech (7-13, 0-8 Big 12), which shaved a 15-point deficit to just seven on Clark Lammert's 3-pointer off the glass at the shot clock buzzer with 2:36 to go.

Missouri (19-2, 6-2) finished with six straight points, including Ricardo Ratliffe's dunk in transition with a minute left after English blocked a shot and then saved the ball from going out of bounds.

English had 22 points, Denmon added 19 despite 4-for-15 shooting and Phil Pressey matched his career best with 12 assists.