NCAA Basketball 2011: Big First Half Fuels No. 25 Missouri Past Mercer

WASHINGTON - MARCH 17: Phil (Flip) Pressey #1 of the Missouri Tigers brings the ball past Cashmere Wright #1 of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Verizon Center on March 17, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Flip Pressey scored 22 points to help lead No. 25 Missouri past Mercer on Monday.

After getting the 2011-2012 season started off on the right foot Friday against Southeast Missouri State, No. 25 Missouri looked to keep rolling on Monday against Mercer. The Tigers were able to do just that. Phil "Flip" Pressey led the way with 22 points and Kim English scored 18 to pace Missouri to a 81-63 victory.

The Tigers out-scored Mercer 40-24 in the first half to jump out to an insurmountable lead. Big man Ricardo Ratliffe added three steals and seven rebounds in the win. Mercer was led by guard Jibri Bryan, who scored 19.

Missouri has one more tune-up game left before the competition takes a big step up. Thursday night's matchup against Niagara will be the Tigers final test before a showdown with Notre Dame on November 21. 

For more in-depth coverage of the Missouri Tigers, head over to Rock M Nation. For more news and notes from around college basketball, visit SB Nation's NCAA basketball news hub.

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