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Missouri men's basketball routs Wagner 99-55

Missouri men's basketball routs Wagner 99-55

November 14th, 2017 by Colin O'Brien in Mizzou Sports

Missouri's Reed Nikko pulls down a rebound as Wagner's AJ Sumbry watches during the first half of Monday night's game at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

Photo by Associated Press /News Tribune.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri scored its most points as a team since 2012 with a 99-55 blowout of Wagner on Monday night, and for the second time in as many games, Michael Porter Jr. was a non-factor.

The Tigers (2-0) shot 68 percent from the floor, 55 percent from 3-point range and lead wire-to-wire as Kassius Robertson bounced back from his uncharacteristic shooting debut. Robertson finished with 23 points and made 7-of-10 shots from the field to lead all scorers with three assists and one turnover in 29 minutes.

"I'm getting better every game, every practice," he said. "I like it, though. It mixes up the defense, I think, gives the defense a different look, it gives our offense a different look."

Robertson, who shot 2-for-6 from beyond the arc against Iowa State, made five of his eight attempts against Wagner (1-1).

Jordan Barnett added 13, Kevin Puryear and Terrence Phillips each scored 12 and Jontay Porter scored 11 and grabbed eight rebounds to pace Missouri. Jontay Porter and Reed Nikko, who had eight points and eight rebounds in 14 minutes, both played well in the stead of Jeremiah Tilmon, who fouled out with 11:07 left in the second half. His height and strength provided a matchup nightmare for the Seahawks, but Tilmon was unable to stay out of foul trouble despite playing just 10 minutes.

"I think that's every night, both of us trying to do our best," Porter said of Tilmon. "One of us might not be doing our best or one of us is in foul trouble, but that's where the other comes in and does everything. That's one of the crazy things about our team is that we're so deep and versatile."

Jontay Porter, who reclassified during the offseason to skip his senior year of high school, turns 18 years old Wednesday.

Porter Jr. was held out of competition entirely and "is day-to-day, under evaluation by Mizzou's trainers and doctors," according to a Missouri athletics spokesperson. Coach Cuonzo Martin said he didn't have any additional information.

"He's day-to-day," Martin said. "The truth of the matter is I'm not a doctor, I can't give you more than that. I don't want to give you more, it's not my job to give you more. It's out of respect for Mike, his family, so I think the best thing (to say) is day-to-day. If I had more, I'd give you more."

Martin said it was not a sure thing the highly-touted freshman would travel to Salt Lake City with the team this week in its first big challenge of the season Thursday against a Utah team that finished fourth in the Pac-12 last season.

Freshman point guard Blake Harris left the game after a hard fall attempting a layup with six minutes remaining in the first half. Martin said Harris told him the injury was to his leg and he did not have an immediate update on his status.

The highlight of the night for the Tigers was both walk-ons — Brett Rau and Adam Wolf — saw action in the second half, and each shot 1-for-1 from 3-point range.

Wolf's last name was being chanted by the student section when Martin sent him to the scorers' table. The cheers that greeted him as he waved to the student section upon checking in were exceeded three minutes later when he buried a three from the wing, and Rau's shot with eight seconds left in the game brought those remaining in the stands to their feet.

Blake Francis lead Wagner with 17 points. The Seahawks had three players, two of them starters, foul out, and the team shot 33 percent from the field and 30 percent from three. Missouri outrebounded Wagner by 11 and had 12 more assists, but turned the ball over 16 times to Wagner's 19.

Missouri's game at Utah tips off at 7 p.m. (CST) Thursday and will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.