Southeastern Louisiana vs Missouri

Missouri cruises to 89-53 win over SE Louisiana

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Jabari Brown scored 19 points and Jordan Clarkson added 14 to help Missouri cruise to an 89-53 win over Southeastern Louisiana in the season opener for both teams Friday night.

The Tigers (1-0) showed no signs of distress without coach Frank Haith, who started serving a five-game suspension levied by the NCAA last month.

Missouri won its 19th consecutive game at Mizzou Arena and hasn't lost to a non-conference opponent on its own floor since the 2005-06 opener. The team used 11-0 and 14-0 runs in the first half to break the game open.

JaMichael Hawkins led Southeastern Louisiana (0-1) with 14 points, while Jeffery Ricard added nine. Ricard and Dre Evans are the only returned starters for the Lions, who were picked to finish sixth out of 12 teams in the Southland Conference.

Missouri interim head coach Tim Fuller said this week he couldn't sleep Tuesday night after Haith told him he would be taking over. Fuller, who had no previous head coaching experience, paced the length of his bench throughout the night despite his team never being in danger.

Earnest Ross opened the game with consecutive 3-pointers to give the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish. He then assisted on a layup by Johnathan Williams III, who became the first freshman to start a season opener for the Tigers since 2004.

Brown is the Tigers' lone returning starter from a 23-11 campaign last season. The team lost more than 60 percent of its scoring, rebounding, assists and steals, much of which left when Phil Pressey decided to forego his senior season and join the NBA.

Ricard's 3-pointer with 7:06 remaining in the first half broke up Missouri's big runs, but the Lions shot just 26 percent from the floor before the break and didn't reach the free throw line. They did score the final five points in the half, capped by a thunderous alley-oop dunk by Devonte Upson from Hawkins with 43 seconds left.

Coach Jim Yarbrough said this week he hoped to see some consistency with his squad as it welcomes four junior college transfers and three freshmen. But other than an 8-0 run capped by Ricard's traditional three-point play 15 seconds into the second half, Southeastern Louisiana struggled to establish any rhythm against the Tigers.

A crowd of 7,926 watched the Tigers shoot 54.4 percent from the field but only 55.6 percent from the charity stripe. A 12-1 run that ended with a free throw by Brown gave Missouri a 72-33 lead with 8:22 remaining in the game. The teams then traded baskets until the final buzzer.

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Scoreboard
Southeastern Louisiana (0-1)193453
Missouri (1-0) «444589

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Nicholls St.6-112-8212
SE Louisiana6-112-8203
SF Austin5-116-3118
New Orleans6-29-10224
Sam Houston5-211-9256
Abil Chr.5-313-8231
Lamar4-312-8259
McNeese St.4-37-10296
C. Arkansas4-410-11266
Texas A&M-CC1-54-12349
Incarn Word0-75-12343
Hou. Baptist0-74-16339
Nwestern St.0-73-15336

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Florida6-114-524
Auburn5-117-28
Alabama5-213-627
Kentucky4-314-520
Tennessee4-313-512
Missouri3-313-637
Arkansas3-413-632
Georgia3-412-652
S. Carolina3-412-754
Ole Miss3-410-9102
Miss. State2-414-578
LSU2-411-7103
Texas A&M2-513-633
Vanderbilt2-57-12142
 
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