The Mizzou Tigers returned to the friendly confines of Mizzou Arena Saturday to take on the Auburn Tigers.Missouri looked more like the team the home fans were used to seeing as they drubbed Auburn 91-77.
Earnest Ross, playing against his former school, got things started early for Missouri with 2 big 3’s to put the Tigers up 13-7 after the game was tied. Missouri led at halftime 45-35, but the game was marred by a barrage of whistles on both sides. Combined, the teams had 49 fouls called and shot 69 free throws.
In the game, Pressey tied Melvin Booker for second on the all time assist list for the Tigers and Alex Oriakhi eclipsed the 1000 point mark for his career, joining Lawrence Bowers and Bell as 1000 scorers in their college careers.
For only the 3rd time all season, the Tigers had the full compliment of their roster available to play. Lawrence Bowers played his first game at home since Alabama and Keion Bell, who led the team with 24 points, returned from a shoulder injury that kept him out of Wednesday’s game against LSU.
Along with Bell’s 24, Ross had 23 off the bench. They were joined in double figures by Bowers (12), Oriakhi and Jabari Brown (who each had 11). Oriakhi was the team rebound leader with 6 and Phil Pressey shot just twice, but led the team with 10 assists in the game.
Mizzou is now 16-5 on the season and is 5-3 on the year in the SEC. They’ll get another chance to pick up their first road SEC victory when they head to former Big 12 foe Texas A&M this Thursday. Pregame coverage from Reed Arena begins at 730pm with tipoff coming at 8pm on your home for Mizzou Tiger Basketball, ESPN 100.5 and Total Sports Station 103.1 KTGR.