After two exhibition basektball games, the Mike Anderson era at the University of Missouri gets underway, for real, as the Missouri Tigers down the North Carolina A&T Aggies 101-80 at the Mizzou Arena in Anderson’s first official game as the Tigers Head Coach.
The Tigers scored early and often in the first half, hitting on 61 percent of their field goal opportunities, including 8 of 17 from 3-point territory. Missouri led the Aggies 59-37 at the intermission.
In the second half, the Mizzou scoring machine slowed down, but kept pace with the Aggies, scoring 42 points to reach the century mark for the first time since December 21st, 2003, when Missouri defeated University of North Caroling-Greensboro 106-89.
Forward Matt Lawrence led the way in Friday’s contest, hitting 9 of 16 field goal attempts, including 7 3-pointers. He also pulled down 8 rebounds. The Tigers don’t get much time to celebrate as they get back into action Saturday afternoon against the Army Black Knights who, along with North Carolina A&T and the Stetson Hatters, are in Columbia to compete in the John Thompson Foundation Classic. Army won its opening game 80-68 against Stetson.
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