Freshmen Hughes and Jackson help Missouri beat Alabama A&M
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Frankie Hughes scored 23 points, Willie Jackson added 11 with nine rebounds and Missouri beat Alabama A&M 99-44 on Sunday night.
Hughes made 9 of 14 field goals, including four 3-pointers, and tied the Missouri (1-0) record for points in a freshman debut. Russell Woods added 12 points.
De’Ederick Petty led Alabama A&M with 13 points.
The Bulldogs (0-2) missed their first 12 shots as Missouri jumped to an 11-2 lead. By halftime, the Tigers led 49-20 as Alabama A&M shot 8 for 35 in the half.
Missouri hit 8 of 16 from 3-point range and outrebounded the Bulldogs 43-29. The Tigers scored 48 points in the paint and took advantage of nearly AAMU miscue, scoring 25 points off 15 Bulldog turnovers.
It was Missouri’s highest scoring output since Dec. 17, 2012 when they defeated South Carolina State 102-51. Starters Kevin Puryear and Terrence Phillips saw limited action in light of the deficit. Puryear had seven points and nine rebounds in just 15 minutes, and Phillips added seven points, five assists and three rebounds in 17 minutes.
Alabama A&M visits Tennessee Tech Thursday in the first ever meeting between the schools.
Missouri travels to Orlando to face No. 7 Xavier in the Tire Pros Invitational at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Musketeers defeated the Tigers 78-66 last season in Cincinnati.