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The Missouri Tigers bench celebrates after a play towards the Wagner Seahawks within the second half at Mizzou Arena.(Photo: Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri discovered no problem scoring in star freshman Michael Porter Jr.’s absence. Five completely different Tigers scored in double digits because the Tigers routed Wagner 99-55 on Monday evening.

Kbadius Robinson scored 23 factors and Jontay Porter had 11 factors and eight rebounds in Missouri’s victory.

Missouri (2-Zero) shot 68 % from the sphere, together with 12 for 22 from past the arc. Robertson led Missouri with 5 Three-pointers and eight completely different Tigers made at the very least one Three.

The Seahawks had bother towards Missouri’s top. Nobody on the Wagner (1-1) roster is listed as taller than 6 toes 9 inches, whereas the Tigers used three gamers — Jeremiah Tilmon, Jontay Porter and Reed Nikko — above 6 toes 10 inches. Wagner dedicated 32 fouls and had three gamers foul out.

“From the beginning of the game, they established their size and athleticism,” Wagner coach Bashir Mason mentioned. “I thought that bothered our guys for the entire 40 minutes.”

Missouri’s scoring versatility has elevated considerably from final season. Returners Kevin Puryear and Jordan Barnett have confronted a lot much less defensive stress with a slew of newcomers, led by the Porter brothers, Robertson and Tilmon.

“There’s almost times where I can stand in the corner and I know I’ll get the shot at some point,” Barnett mentioned. “I really think we do a good job of spreading the floor. You have a lot more weapons on this team than last year.”

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The Tigers outscored Wagner within the paint (36-22) and 37-22 off the bench. Blake Francis led the Seahawks with 17 factors.

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: Even with out their star freshman, Porter Jr., the Tigers look well-rounded to begin the season. Freshmen Tilmon and Jontay Porter have every scored and helped unencumber the ground for returning gamers Barnett and Puryear.

Wagner: The Seahawks misplaced their 4 main scorers from final 12 months, and that was evident of their low-scoring effort towards Missouri. Wagner will possible endure some rising pains after changing almost half of its roster.

STAR WATCH

Porter Jr., thought-about a possible lottery choose within the 2018 NBA Draft, didn’t play towards the Seahawks, and he additionally wasn’t seen on the bench. Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin specified his damage as a leg damage and mentioned he didn’t know whether or not Porter Jr. will journey with the workforce for its recreation towards Utah on Thursday. The freshman performed simply 1 minute, 40 seconds towards Iowa State final Friday.

FOUL TROUBLE

Tilmon noticed simply 10 minutes and fouled out with 11:07 remaining within the second half. The freshman has been vulnerable to foul bother in each exhibition and common season video games this 12 months.

UP NEXT

Missouri hits the street for the primary time this season to face Utah. The Utes dominated Prairie View A&M and Mississippi Valley State of their first two contests.

Wagner performs its first dwelling recreation Saturday towards American, which bought blown out towards Kansas State to open its season.

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