After shooting 31-percent from the floor in the first half, the Missouri Tigers trailed the Asheville Altitude of the National Basketball Developmental league 30-29. The second half was a different story as Mizzou hit over 53-percent of their shots the rest of the way to win 74-60 in their final exhibition game. Five Tigers scored in double figures and Jimmy McKinney led the way with. But McKinney didn’t light up the night with jump shots or lay ups. He was fouled often and went 12-12 from the free throw line. McKinney also gave the Tiger faithful a moment of panic when he went down hard in the second half and was slow to get up. As a freshman, McKinney broke a bone in his face in an exhibition game and was kept out of the early portion of the season. Rickey Paulding sprained his ankle, but will be OK. Travon Bryant had 13 points; Arthur Johnson added 12, while Linas Kleiza and Josh Kroenke had ten apiece. Kleiza also had 10 rebounds, to lead the team in that category. Freshman guard Spencer Laurie suited up, which ends any hopes the coaching staff may have had of red-shirting him this season. Mizzou opens the regular season on November 29 at Oakland University.
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