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Geist scores 17, Missouri rolls past Texas A&M 66-43

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Missouri hadn't yet hit the panic button in Southeastern Conference play, but the Tigers' fingers were getting awfully itchy.

''We needed this one bad,'' Missouri forward Jeremiah Tilmon said following the Tigers' 66-43 thumping of Texas A&M on Saturday. ''We started off in the SEC real slow so this was a big confidence builder.''

Jordan Geist scored 17 points and Tilmon added 14 as Missouri dominated A&M over the game, quieting an already subdued crowd in a half-full arena. Missouri (10-6, 1-4) won its first league game while A&M (7-9, 1-4) lost its fourth consecutive home game.

''Our guys did a great job from start to finish of being locked in,'' Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin said. ''We just had to muster up the energy to get back to the basics, and here we are.''

Geist made 6 of 7 shots from the field, including 4-of-5 3-pointers, in the Tigers' largest margin of victory on the road in SEC play since 2013. Nearly halfway through the second half, the Aggies had made only six field goals, as the Tigers poured it on with the outcome no longer in doubt.

''I want to apologize to our fans and the 12th Man for our effort,'' said coach Billy Kennedy, who's in his eighth season at A&M. ''It was obviously poor. And obviously I've done a poor job getting our guys to play at the level I think we're capable of playing.''

Josh Nebo led A&M with 12 points and Jay Jay Chandler added 11. Kevin Puryear had 10 rebounds to help Missouri earn a 39-33 advantage.

''My mission today was just to give this team a spark,'' Puryear said. ''And we're a lot better at the posts than a lot of people give us credit for.''

The Tigers overwhelmed the Aggies in points in the paint (28-10), and Missouri shot 48 percent from the field (25 of 52) while the Aggies shot a season-low 26 percent (13 of 50).

''You can't sit here and dwell on this, you just keep moving forward and figure it out,'' Nebo said.

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: The Tigers needed this one in the worst way, following three consecutive losses to start SEC play (that followed six straight wins entering conference action). The Tigers also avoided losing four straight games for the first time under Martin, who's in his second season.

A&M: The Aggies have largely been mediocre to middling in Kennedy's eight seasons, but their two NCAA Tournament appearances in two of the last three seasons have been successes with Sweet 16 appearances.

Saturday might be rock bottom for the Aggies under Kennedy - at least they're hoping so - considering he's this deep into his A&M tenure.

HIGHLIGHT REEL

The Missouri players were the only ones in the arena who jumped out of their seats in excitement, especially when Reed Nikko skied over Aggie rebounders for a follow-up dunk to lift the Tigers to a 21-14 lead with 7:46 remaining in the first half.

STAT OF THE NIGHT

The Aggies' 43 points were their lowest this season by 21 points, and their lowest total since losing 66-41 to Vanderbilt in the opening round of the 2017 SEC Tournament.

HE SAID IT

''I'm not doing a good enough job of getting them ready, and secondly, you have to have guys who want to be coached, and that starts in practice,'' Kennedy said.

UP NEXT

Missouri: The Tigers are at Arkansas on Wednesday.

Texas A&M: The Aggies are at Florida on Tuesday.

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Key Players
J. Geist
S. Flagg
33.5 Min. Per Game 33.5
13.5 Pts. Per Game 13.5
2.7 Ast. Per Game 2.7
8.1 Reb. Per Game 8.1
41.8 Field Goal % 48.8
36.0 Three Point % 31.6
76.6 Free Throw % 61.5
+ 2 Josh Nebo made dunk, assist by Savion Flagg 2.0
  Defensive rebound by Chris Collins 14.0
  Javon Pickett missed layup, blocked by Chris Collins 16.0
  Lost ball turnover on Savion Flagg, stolen by Javon Pickett 34.0
  Defensive rebound by Savion Flagg 43.0
  Ronnie Suggs missed free throw 43.0
  Personal foul on Jay Jay Chandler 43.0
  Defensive rebound by Javon Pickett 55.0
  Mark French missed layup 57.0
+ 2 Javon Pickett made jump shot, assist by Ronnie Suggs 1:08
  Offensive rebound by Reed Nikko 1:07
Team Stats
Points 66 43
Field Goals 25-52 (48.1%) 13-50 (26.0%)
3-Pointers 8-20 (40.0%) 4-22 (18.2%)
Free Throws 8-10 (80.0%) 13-25 (52.0%)
Total Rebounds 39 33
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 32 22
Team 1 1
Assists 13 9
Steals 5 8
Blocks 1 5
Turnovers 12 11
Fouls 23 14
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
12 PTS, 5 REB
12T
away team logo Missouri 10-6 363066
home team logo Texas A&M 7-9 212243
Team Stats
away team logo Missouri 10-6 67.6 PPG 37.7 RPG 11.1 APG
home team logo Texas A&M 7-9 71.6 PPG 40.8 RPG 12.5 APG
Key Players
15
J. Geist G 14.1 PPG 4.7 RPG 3.2 APG 42.6 FG%
32
J. Nebo F 8.3 PPG 5.8 RPG 0.3 APG 71.6 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Geist G 17 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
J. Nebo F 12 PTS 5 REB 0 AST
48.1 FG% 26.0
40.0 3PT FG% 18.2
80.0 FT% 52.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Geist 17 5 5 6/7 4/5 1/1 2 35 1 0 3 0 5
J. Tilmon 14 6 0 5/8 0/0 4/4 1 27 1 0 3 1 5
Ma. Smith 13 4 2 5/9 3/7 0/0 3 24 1 0 2 0 4
K. Puryear 8 10 0 4/8 0/1 0/0 2 25 0 0 0 1 9
J. Pickett 7 2 1 3/7 0/2 1/2 3 20 1 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Geist 17 5 5 6/7 4/5 1/1 2 35 1 0 3 0 5
J. Tilmon 14 6 0 5/8 0/0 4/4 1 27 1 0 3 1 5
Ma. Smith 13 4 2 5/9 3/7 0/0 3 24 1 0 2 0 4
K. Puryear 8 10 0 4/8 0/1 0/0 2 25 0 0 0 1 9
J. Pickett 7 2 1 3/7 0/2 1/2 3 20 1 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Watson 5 1 2 1/6 1/4 2/2 3 23 1 0 1 1 0
R. Nikko 2 5 1 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 13 0 1 0 3 2
R. Suggs 0 3 2 0/3 0/1 0/1 4 18 0 0 0 0 3
Mi. Smith 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Santos 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 14 0 0 2 0 2
C. VanLeer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wolf - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Porter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Yerkes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Ford - - - - - - - - - - - - -
X. Pinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Braun - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 66 38 13 25/52 8/20 8/10 23 200 5 1 12 6 32
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Chandler 11 2 1 3/7 1/2 4/4 3 25 0 0 1 0 2
S. Flagg 5 7 1 1/7 1/4 2/2 0 36 0 0 2 1 6
W. Mitchell 4 3 0 2/9 0/4 0/0 1 24 3 0 3 2 1
C. Mekowulu 3 4 0 1/5 0/0 1/6 1 19 1 0 1 3 1
J. Walker III 3 5 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 1 16 0 0 0 0 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Chandler 11 2 1 3/7 1/2 4/4 3 25 0 0 1 0 2
S. Flagg 5 7 1 1/7 1/4 2/2 0 36 0 0 2 1 6
W. Mitchell 4 3 0 2/9 0/4 0/0 1 24 3 0 3 2 1
C. Mekowulu 3 4 0 1/5 0/0 1/6 1 19 1 0 1 3 1
J. Walker III 3 5 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 1 16 0 0 0 0 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Nebo 12 5 0 4/5 0/0 4/8 2 23 1 4 0 3 2
B. Mahan 3 3 1 1/5 1/4 0/1 2 16 0 0 1 0 3
T. Starks 2 1 1 0/7 0/4 2/4 2 18 2 0 2 1 0
C. Collins 0 1 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 12 1 1 1 0 1
M. French 0 1 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 11 0 0 0 0 1
A. Gilder - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Byers - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Alo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Vaughn - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. McGhee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 43 32 9 13/50 4/22 13/25 14 200 8 5 11 10 22