Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Alex Oriakhi scored 17 points and added 10
rebounds as the 14th-ranked Missouri Tigers took a 74-54 win over Nicholls
State on Friday.
Earnest Ross had 16 points and five boards, Keion Bell added 13 points and
seven rebounds while Laurence Bowers gave 12 points for the Tigers (3-0), who
have won all of their games this season by double-digits.
Fred Hunter posted 22 points and five rebounds for the Colonels (0-2), who got
14 points and five boards from T.J. Carpenter in the loss.
Missouri built itself an 11-point lead after a 5-0 run capped by an Oriakhi
jumper made it a 25-14 game with under five minutes to play in the first half.
Nicholls State, though, later scored seven straight to cut into the deficit
before Negus Webster-Chan hit a 3-pointer for the final points of the frame,
helping the Tigers take a 32-25 lead into the break.
In the second half, an Oriakhi dunk gave Missouri a 40-29 lead and kick-
started a 13-1 run capped by two free throws from Bell that gave the Tigers a
51-30 advantage just over five minutes in.
The Colonels were unable to get the deficit below 14 the rest of the way.
Missouri plays at Stanford on Thursday ... The only other time these two teams
met was on Dec. 1, 1998, with Missouri taking a home victory ... Missouri
dominated on the boards, finishing with a 38-22 advantage.
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