Mizzou Handles Wagner without Michael Porter Junior

Ben Clanin, 23 Sports

Due to a tweaked hip in warmups prior to the first game of the year, the top recruit in the country, Michael Porter Junior, has been all but unavailable in Missouri’s first two regular season games. But even without their top player, the Tigers rolled over Wagner with ease on Monday, winning by a final score of 99-55.

The Tigers were lead by an impressive scoring performance by Kassius Robertson, who was 7-10 from the field and 5-8 from beyond the arc, racking up 23 points along the way. Kevin Puryear also continued shooting the ball well, shooting a perfect 100 percent from the field, going 4/4 and tallying 12 points. The Tigers have a much more balanced offense than they had a season ago to go along with a much deeper bench. Eight players from Mizzou scored seven points or more, and every Tiger player on the bench got at least three minutes of playing time in the rout of Wagner. Mizzou shot 68% from the field and went 12 for 22 from behind the arc as a team.

Mizzou was also without another big recruit, Jeremiah Tilmon, for much of the game. Tilmon fouled out after just 10 minutes on the floor.

The Seahawks had trouble matching up against Missouri down in the paint as well, Wagner has only one player listed as taller than 6’9, while Mizzou has three players, Jeremiah Tilmon, Jontay Porter, and Reed Nikko that come in at 6’10 or taller.

Mizzou takes to the road for the first time for their next game, which is at Utah. The Utes have dominated their first two games, beating both Prairie View A&M and Mississippi Valley State.