No. 7 Missouri 84, Austin Peay 48
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Travis Ford scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers, as seventh-ranked Missouri defeated Austin Peay 84-48 Tuesday night.
The Tigers’ man-to-man defense stifled Austin Peay’s slow-paced offense, allowing the Governors (5-7) only 20 points in the first half and only 18 field goals during the game.
Missouri (12-1) got the running game going early for a 6-0 lead on two fast-break dunks by junior forward Doug Smith and a layup by Ford.
John McIntyre, who finished with 15 points, scored seven straight for a 15-4 Tiger lead with 14:33 left in the half.
Ford, starting his second straight game in place of the injured Lee Coward, continued the hot shooting and the Tigers led 42-20 at halftime.
Nathan Buntin brought the Tigers out of a mild second-half shooting slump, converting on two 3-point plays. Buntin led the Tigers with nine rebounds and scored 10 points.
Jamal Coleman came off the bench to add 15 points for the Tigers with 7- for-11 shooting in his 25 minutes of play.
The Governors didn’t reach 30 points in the one-sided game until the 12:14 mark of the second half.
Greg Franklin led Austin Peay with 17 points and Javin Johnson added 10.