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Barnett, Missouri overpower North Florida for 85-51 win

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Jordan Barnett is in his fourth year of college basketball, but he's just starting to show what he can do. The senior forward scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Missouri beat North Florida 85-51 on Saturday.

''He's a talented basketball player,'' Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said. ''That's why I was saying in previous games when he walked away with 18 points, 19 points and two or three rebounds, I don't know if that's a good game for him, because he has the ability to rebound and slash and make stuff happen. He's cutting more to the basket and getting layups instead of just 3-point shots.''

Barnett, a St. Louis native, played sporadically in a year and a half at Texas before transferring to Missouri. He sat out a year per NCAA rules and then endured the tail end of the Tigers' dreadful 8-24 campaign last season. He is finally getting a chance to show off all his skills while winning games.

An explosive leaper at 6 feet 7 inches, he can finish at the rim and make 3-pointers. He showed both talents against the Ospreys (5-8). Barnett made 8 of 12 shots from the field, including 2 of 4 from 3-point range. For the season, he is shooting 37 percent from long range.

''I can attack and be more aggressive in all facets of the game,'' said Barnett, who is Missouri's co-leading scorer at 13.7 points per game. ''Sometimes when my 3 is falling, I might settle, but tonight was a good example of me scoring every possible way I could.''

Missouri (9-2) exploited its size advantage inside, holding a 52-31 edge in rebounds. Reed Nikko, a 6-10, 250-pound forward, came off the bench to score a career-high 12 points.

''He's a bulldozer down there,'' Barnett said.

Fellow big men Jeremiah Tilmon (10 points) and Jontay Porter (six points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks) also had their way inside against the Ospreys, whose tallest player is 6 feet 8 inches.

''One of the (points of) emphasis for us coming into this game was get the ball inside, because of how they extend with their zone, the interior will be open - not just because of the size of those guys with the lack of bigs,'' Martin said.

North Florida entered Saturday ranked fourth nationally in 3-pointers made per game at 11.9 on 40.4-percent shooting from 3-point range. The Ospreys made just 5-of-28 3-pointers against the Tigers.

Missouri defenders switched on all perimeter screens to prevent shooters from getting any room, and North Florida couldn't take advantage of the occasional mismatches inside when MU guards were stuck defending big men.

''We game-planned for the 3,'' said Missouri's Kassius Robertson, who scored 11 points. ''We knew they had four or five guys shooting 40 percent from 3, and I think we did a really good job of taking away their 3s.''

Wajid Aminu led North Florida with 13 points, and Noah Horchler and Ivan Gandia-Rosa added 10 each.

With the victory, Missouri surpassed last season's win total, although that barely registered with Barnett.

''I try to completely forget about last year,'' Barnett said. ''It's all about this year.''

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: Reserve guard Jordan Geist had his second straight productive game. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting after scoring 28 points against Green Bay. He had only one turnover in those games.

North Florida: The Ospreys dropped to 0-20 all-time against Southeastern Conference opponents. They get two more chances this season, with games at LSU on Friday and Mississippi State on Dec. 30.

PHILLIPS INJURED

Missouri reserve guard Terrence Phillips suffered an injury shortly after entering the game midway through the first half. He limped to the locker room and didn't return.

''It's his foot or something like that,'' Martin said. ''We'll find out more.''

UP NEXT

Missouri completes a four-game home stand Tuesday against Stephen F. Austin (10-1), which has won six straight, including Saturday's 83-82 victory at LSU.

North Florida visits Ball State (6-4) on Tuesday.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Trip Day made layup 19.0
+ 2 Brett Rau made jump shot 27.0
+ 2 Trip Day made hook shot 42.0
+ 2 Reed Nikko made dunk 55.0
  Offensive rebound by Reed Nikko 57.0
  Brett Rau missed 3-pt. jump shot 59.0
  Shooting foul on Osborn Blount 1:02
  Lost ball turnover on Emmanuel Lambright, stolen by Adam Wolf 1:06
  Offensive rebound by Brian Coffey II 1:19
  Osborn Blount missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:21
+ 3 Adam Wolf made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Blake Harris 1:46
Team Stats
Points 51 85
Field Goals 20-65 (30.8%) 35-69 (50.7%)
3-Pointers 5-28 (17.9%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 6-8 (75.0%) 5-7 (71.4%)
Total Rebounds 31 52
Offensive 6 11
Defensive 22 37
Team 3 4
Assists 6 19
Steals 3 8
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 10 12
Fouls 11 12
Technicals 0 0
13 PTS, 5 REB
18 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo North Florida 5-8 193251
home team logo Missouri 9-2 463985
Team Stats
away team logo North Florida 5-8 75.3 PPG 40.9 RPG 15.8 APG
home team logo Missouri 9-2 67.2 PPG 38.4 RPG 11.1 APG
Key Players
2
W. Aminu F 11.7 PPG 6.5 RPG 1.4 APG 55.1 FG%
00
J. Barnett F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
W. Aminu F 13 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
J. Barnett F 18 PTS 11 REB 1 AST
30.8 FG% 50.7
17.9 3PT FG% 40.0
75.0 FT% 71.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Aminu 13 5 0 4/12 0/1 5/6 0 22 1 1 3 1 4
I. Gandia-Rosa 10 1 3 4/12 2/8 0/0 1 30 0 0 2 0 1
N. Horchler 10 12 0 4/7 1/3 1/2 2 29 0 2 0 3 9
J. Escobar 6 1 1 2/8 2/8 0/0 0 32 1 0 0 0 1
R. Burkhardt 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 20 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
W. Aminu 13 5 0 4/12 0/1 5/6 0 22 1 1 3 1 4
I. Gandia-Rosa 10 1 3 4/12 2/8 0/0 1 30 0 0 2 0 1
N. Horchler 10 12 0 4/7 1/3 1/2 2 29 0 2 0 3 9
J. Escobar 6 1 1 2/8 2/8 0/0 0 32 1 0 0 0 1
R. Burkhardt 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 2 20 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Day 8 2 1 4/13 0/2 0/0 1 17 1 0 2 0 2
O. Blount 4 2 0 2/9 0/4 0/0 3 22 0 0 1 0 2
C. Driscoll 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Haid 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
B. Coffey II 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 13 0 0 0 1 1
E. Lambright 0 2 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 10 0 0 1 1 1
G. Sams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 51 28 6 20/65 5/28 6/8 11 199 3 3 10 6 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Barnett 18 11 1 8/12 2/4 0/0 2 29 2 0 1 3 8
K. Robertson 11 0 1 3/10 3/9 2/3 0 20 0 0 1 0 0
J. Tilmon 10 5 0 5/7 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 2 3 1 4
K. Puryear 4 7 1 2/9 0/0 0/0 2 22 0 1 4 2 5
B. Harris 2 4 7 1/3 0/0 0/1 1 20 1 0 1 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Barnett 18 11 1 8/12 2/4 0/0 2 29 2 0 1 3 8
K. Robertson 11 0 1 3/10 3/9 2/3 0 20 0 0 1 0 0
J. Tilmon 10 5 0 5/7 0/0 0/0 2 19 0 2 3 1 4
K. Puryear 4 7 1 2/9 0/0 0/0 2 22 0 1 4 2 5
B. Harris 2 4 7 1/3 0/0 0/1 1 20 1 0 1 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Nikko 12 5 1 6/8 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 0 0 3 2
J. Geist 11 5 1 4/7 2/4 1/1 0 24 3 0 1 0 5
C. VanLeer 6 1 2 2/4 2/4 0/0 1 25 0 0 0 0 1
J. Porter 6 10 5 2/6 0/2 2/2 1 22 1 2 1 2 8
A. Wolf 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0
B. Rau 2 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
T. Phillips 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Roberts - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 48 19 35/69 10/25 5/7 12 201 8 5 12 11 37