COLUMBIA, Mo. -- DeMarre Carroll scored 27 points and J.T. Tiller had seven steals to lead full-court pressure that hounded Texas Tech into a season-high 29 turnovers in Missouri's 97-86 victory on Saturday.
Marcus Denmon had 14 points and Kim English 13, while Leo Lyons added 12 off the bench, going 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Tiller added eight points, two blocked shots and two assists for Missouri (17-3, 4-1), which had a season-high 20 steals and led by 18 points in both halves.
Missouri has won four in a row and eight of nine, and the 4-1 start in conference play is Missouri's best since 2001-02, when it advanced to the Elite Eight behind Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert. After throttling their first two Big 12 opponents at Mizzou Arena by a total of 76 points, Saturday's game drew season-high attendance of 13,357.
Missouri topped its victory total from last season, a 16-16 finish, and won its 14th straight at home to set a record at the 5-year-old Mizzou Arena. The 17-3 start represents the school's best start since 1994-95.
The Red Raiders cut the deficit to seven points before Missouri settled it with eight straight points, the last seven by Denmon on a layup, two free throws and a 3-pointer for an 85-70 cushion with just under 4 1/2 minutes to go.
Tiller topped his previous best of six steals and ended up one shy of Reggie Smith's school record of eight against Florida A&M on Dec. 3, 1992.
Tiller had two steals, two blocks and a layup in the first 2 1/2 minutes, helping Missouri take an early 10-1 lead. Texas Tech committed five turnovers in the first 1:40, forcing coach Pat Knight to call a pair of early timeouts.
Texas Tech settled down somewhat at the end of the half, scoring seven straight points in one stretch to help cut the deficit to 53-41 at the break.