Missouri Routs Long Beach State in 95-58 Win

Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports

Jordan Geist put up 16 points to lead the way for Missouri, freshman Jontay Porter had a season-high 15 and five rebounds on 66 percent shooting as the Tigers crushed Long Beach State 95-58 on Thursday in the first round of the Advocare Invitational.

Missouri played their first game after the announcement of freshman Michael Porter Jr., brother of Jontay Porter, missing the remainder of the season following lower back surgery. Recovery time is expected to be three to four months. Porter played only two minutes against Iowa State in their season opener.

Blake Harris started in Porter’s place and made the most of his first start pouring in 11 points, handed out nine assists, and had just one turnover.

Gabe Levin was the high scorer for the 49ers with 12 points to go along with 7 rebounds while a bulk of his scoring came from the free throw line as he shot a perfect 10-10 from the line. KJ Byers had 10 points and 5 rebounds off the bench. Leading scorer Bryan Alberts had only 8 points on the day and struggled from the field, shooting 3 of 11.

Missouri got off to a blazing hot start as they started the game up 25-9. After that, they never looked back and took a 43-21 lead at halftime with some nice play from Jordan Geist and Kevin Puryear.

The second half was no different as they scored 52 points as a team on their way to their 37-point victory.

Up next for the Tigers is the semifinals on Friday as they will face the winner of St. John’s vs Oregon State.