COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Namon Wright scored 14 points, including nine in the second half, helping Missouri defeat Arkansas State 88-78 on Tuesday night.
Arkansas State’s Devin Carter led all scorers with 24 points on 8-of 14-shooting. Carter entered the game averaging 15.5 points per game.
Tramaine Isabell scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting and K.J. Walton added 10 points and five rebounds as Missouri got 38 points from its bench.
The Tigers opened the game with a 13-0 run, holding Arkansas State scoreless for the first 6:06. Christian Davis put the Red Wolves on the board with a baseline jump shot, his only points of the game.
Missouri big men Ryan Rosburg and Kevin Puryear each scored 10 points, shooting a combined 9 of 16. Puryear added seven rebounds and Rosburg two. The Tigers (3-3) outscored the Red Wolves (2-5) 44-26 in the paint and won the rebound margin 43-39.