Led by Oriakhi, MU’s big men shine in win

Alex Oriakhi (left) grabs Missouri teammate Tony Criswell during the first half of Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt at Mizzou Arena.

Alex Oriakhi (left) grabs Missouri teammate Tony Criswell during the first half of Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt at Mizzou Arena. Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA — During Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt, Missouri coach Frank Haith had some reminders for his team on how to keep the offense running smoothly.

He wanted to see more ball movement, more persistence on getting into the paint and more low-post touches for Missouri’s big men.

It worked like a charm from the beginning in Missouri’s 81-59 victory.

“The first possession we wanted a lot of passes, we said seven passes,” Haith said. “Our guys did it. Sometimes we said we don’t shoot the ball unless we have a post touch.

“There were times we said we don’t shoot the ball unless we don’t have a paint touch. Whether it be dribble penetration or throwing it in there.”

It was a change of pace for the Tigers, who had shot less than 40 percent from 3-point range in their last four games. But the Tigers (14-4, 4-2) hit 52 percent of their 3-pointers Saturday as Haith said he felt the team took better shots than it had been previously, likely because of better ball movement and more patience.

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