No. 13 Missouri 89, Tennessee St. 75
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Missouri coach Norm Stewart used 14 players and most got significant playing time Monday night as the 13th-ranked Tigers beat Tennessee State 89-75.
``We feel comfortable that we’ve got a good number of people, but we’re still looking for people that can play more minutes,″ Stewart said. ``We’ve never been where we run guys in every minute, minute-and-a-half. I like to have a guy who can get into the flow of the game.″
Missouri (2-0) was forced to go to its bench early in the game, when starting guard Julian Winfield committed his second foul at the 17:42 mark. Kendrick Moore, a sophomore who had struggled during the preseason, replaced Winfield and tied his career-high with 15 points. Missouri’s bench scored 46 points, 25 in the first half, and had 11 of the team’s 25 rebounds.
``I think we gave a good account of ourselves, but they just kind of wore us down with all the players they have,″ Tennessee State coach Frankie Allen said.
All of Tennessee State’s starters fouled out.
Missouri reserve Jason Sutherland added 14 points and Derek Grimm had 11 and had a team-high eight rebounds off the bench. Stewart said he wanted Moore to get some extra playing time, despite his struggles during preseason, and for now it will be Moore and Winfield rotating at the point guard spot.
Missouri started the game with Corey Tate, Kelly Thames, Simeon Haley, Danny Allouche and Winfield. But the Tigers started the second half with Moore and Grimm, who had nine points and six rebounds in the first half, and let Tate and Allouche sit.
``I think Coach is in a hard spot right now,″ Sutherland said. ``He doesn’t really know who to start or who to play, because everyone can play. I guess whoever’s on that night is going to play.″
The Tigers held a 41-36 halftime lead, but Tennessee State (0-1) pulled within three at the 14:50 mark of the second half when Monty Wilson hit a 3-pointer.
Missouri then pulled away with a 10-0 run, again stopped by a 3-pointer, this one from Curtis Davis at the 10:16 mark to make it 64-50.
Tennessee State shot from the outside to stay in the game, hitting 10 of 27 3-point shots.
Thames led the Tigers with 16 points.
Tennessee State returned three starters from last year, including Wilson, last year’s leading scorer. Wilson, who averaged 18 points and seven rebounds last season, led Tennessee State with a career-high 31 points.
Midway through the first half Missouri used a 19-4 run to erase a 19-11 deficit. The streak, which started at the 13:43 mark of the first half, included 13 points from juniors Grimm and Sutherland.
Sutherland, who had five steals, was 3-for-4 from 3-point range and is 6-for-7 on the season.