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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ K.J. Walton scored 19 points and grabbed four rebounds as Missouri coasted to an 84-60 victory over Northwestern State on Saturday.

Walton was the first player off Missouri’s bench, which outscored the Demons’ 43-8.

Frankie Hughes and Willie Jackson, who scored 11 apiece for the Tigers (3-2). Cullen VanLeer scored 10 points and Kevin Puryear finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

Northwestern State (2-3) led 14-9 early, but Missouri closed the first half on a 15-4 run and led 39-27 at halftime.

The Demons shot 1 for 6 to start the second half and trailed by double digits for all but 26 seconds. Puryear’s 3-pointer at the 15:50 mark sparked a 16-5 run that buried the Demons, who trailed by as many as 29 points.

Zeek Woodley scored 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting and Ishmael Lane had 12 points and eight rebounds. Woodley and Tra’Von Joseph missed key stretches of the game because of foul trouble. Joseph finished with eight points and eight rebounds despite his four fouls.