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Well-balanced Missouri dominates Wagner

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Missouri found no difficulty scoring in star freshman Michael Porter Jr.'s absence. Five different Tigers scored in double digits as the Tigers routed Wagner 99-55 on Monday night.

Kassius Robinson scored 23 points and Jontay Porter had 11 points and eight rebounds in Missouri's victory.

Missouri (2-0) shot 68 percent from the field, including 12 for 22 from beyond the arc. Robertson led Missouri with five 3-pointers and eight different Tigers made at least one 3.

The Seahawks had trouble against Missouri's height. Nobody on the Wagner (1-1) roster is listed as taller than 6 feet 9 inches, while the Tigers used three players - Jeremiah Tilmon, Jontay Porter and Reed Nikko - above 6 feet 10 inches. Wagner committed 32 fouls and had three players foul out.

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

Missouri's scoring versatility has increased significantly from last season. Returners Kevin Puryear and Jordan Barnett have faced much less defensive pressure 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 said. ''I really think we do a good job of spreading the floor. You have a lot more weapons on this team than last year.''

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

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: Even without their star freshman, Porter Jr., the Tigers look well-rounded to start the season. Freshmen Tilmon and Jontay Porter have each scored and helped free up the floor for returning players Barnett and Puryear.

Wagner: The Seahawks lost their four leading scorers from last year, and that was evident in their low-scoring effort against Missouri. Wagner will likely endure some growing pains after replacing nearly half of its roster.

STAR WATCH

Porter Jr., considered a potential lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, didn't play against the Seahawks, and he also wasn't seen on the bench. Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin specified his injury as a leg injury and said he didn't know whether Porter Jr. will travel with the team for its game against Utah Thursday. The freshman played just 1 minute, 40 seconds against Iowa State last Friday.

FOUL TROUBLE

Tilmon saw just 10 minutes and fouled out with 11:07 remaining in the second half. The freshman has been susceptible to foul trouble in both exhibition and regular season games this year.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Missouri was ranked just outside of the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, receiving nine votes. The Tigers trailed just Alabama, Rhode Island, Virginia, TCU and Providence among unranked teams receiving votes.

UP NEXT

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

Wagner plays its first home game Saturday against American, which got blown out against Kansas State to open its season.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Reed Nikko 2.0
  JoJo Cooper missed jump shot 5.0
+ 3 Brett Rau made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Terrence Phillips 10.0
+ 1 Chase Freeman made 2nd of 2 free throws 39.0
+ 1 Chase Freeman made 1st of 2 free throws 39.0
  Personal foul on Reed Nikko 39.0
+ 1 Terrence Phillips made 2nd of 2 free throws 48.0
+ 1 Terrence Phillips made 1st of 2 free throws 48.0
  Personal foul on Blake Francis 50.0
+ 3 Blake Francis made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nick Madray 59.0
  Offensive rebound by Nick Madray 1:06
Team Stats
Points 55 99
Field Goals 18-55 (32.7%) 32-47 (68.1%)
3-Pointers 6-20 (30.0%) 12-22 (54.5%)
Free Throws 13-19 (68.4%) 23-35 (65.7%)
Total Rebounds 27 38
Offensive 8 7
Defensive 16 27
Team 3 4
Assists 5 17
Steals 8 8
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 19 15
Fouls 32 18
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
23 PTS, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Wagner 1-1 213455
home team logo Missouri 2-0 544599
Team Stats
away team logo Wagner 1-1 74.2 PPG 42.9 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo Missouri 2-0 72.7 PPG 40.2 RPG 13.4 APG
Key Players
3
B. Francis G 17.3 PPG 1.9 RPG 1.7 APG 43.0 FG%
3
K. Robertson G 16.3 PPG 3.0 RPG 2.3 APG 42.2 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Francis G 17 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
K. Robertson G 23 PTS 0 REB 3 AST
32.7 FG% 68.1
30.0 3PT FG% 54.5
68.4 FT% 65.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Francis 37 17 1 1 1 0 1 3 6/14 5/9 0/0 0 1
J. Cooper 34 11 1 2 2 0 2 2 3/12 0/3 5/8 0 1
A. Sumbry 25 8 3 0 0 0 0 5 3/10 0/0 2/2 2 1
E. Davis 22 4 3 0 0 1 3 3 1/5 0/2 2/2 1 2
N. Jackson 10 3 2 0 0 0 4 5 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Francis 37 17 1 1 1 0 1 3 6/14 5/9 0/0 0 1
J. Cooper 34 11 1 2 2 0 2 2 3/12 0/3 5/8 0 1
A. Sumbry 25 8 3 0 0 0 0 5 3/10 0/0 2/2 2 1
E. Davis 22 4 3 0 0 1 3 3 1/5 0/2 2/2 1 2
N. Jackson 10 3 2 0 0 0 4 5 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
D. Liggeons 22 8 8 0 3 1 1 3 4/7 0/2 0/1 3 5
C. Freeman 7 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 1
T. Plummer 21 2 1 0 2 0 2 2 0/3 0/1 2/4 0 1
N. Madray 14 0 3 1 0 0 4 4 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 2
J. Brown 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 5 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
S. Scott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Saunders - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 55 24 5 8 2 19 32 18/55 6/20 13/19 8 16
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Robertson 29 23 0 3 1 0 1 0 7/10 5/8 4/4 0 0
J. Barnett 23 13 5 0 2 0 1 2 4/7 1/3 4/5 2 3
K. Puryear 25 12 5 0 1 0 2 1 4/4 1/1 3/6 0 5
C. VanLeer 26 7 3 2 1 0 1 4 3/4 1/2 0/2 0 3
J. Tilmon 10 7 2 1 0 0 3 5 3/4 0/0 1/2 1 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Robertson 29 23 0 3 1 0 1 0 7/10 5/8 4/4 0 0
J. Barnett 23 13 5 0 2 0 1 2 4/7 1/3 4/5 2 3
K. Puryear 25 12 5 0 1 0 2 1 4/4 1/1 3/6 0 5
C. VanLeer 26 7 3 2 1 0 1 4 3/4 1/2 0/2 0 3
J. Tilmon 10 7 2 1 0 0 3 5 3/4 0/0 1/2 1 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Phillips 26 12 2 5 0 0 2 2 3/4 1/2 5/7 0 2
J. Porter 21 11 8 4 2 0 3 1 5/8 1/3 0/0 2 6
R. Nikko 14 8 8 0 1 3 0 1 1/2 0/0 6/7 2 6
A. Wolf 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0
B. Rau 10 3 1 1 0 0 2 0 1/1 1/1 0/2 0 1
J. Geist 9 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
B. Harris 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Roberts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 99 34 17 8 3 15 18 32/47 12/22 23/35 7 27