Oriakhi leads MU to win against Nicholls State

Missouri’s Alex Oriakhi shoots during Friday night’s game at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri’s Alex Oriakhi shoots during Friday night’s game at Mizzou Arena. Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA — Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi said he wasn’t a great offensive player at Connecticut last year.

So far this season, he’s proving himself wrong.

Oriakhi finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Tigers improved to 3-0 with a 74-54 win against Nicholls State on Friday at Mizzou Arena.

“I’m not really much of an offensive player,” Oriakhi said. “But coach (Frank) Haith is doing a good job of emphasizing throwing the ball into me.”

On Friday, Oriakhi seemed like a pretty good offensive player as the senior garnered his second straight double-double. He had just two all of last season for the Huskies.

Oriakhi also hit 9-of-10 free throws after shooting less than 60 percent from the line last season.

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