Barnett, Missouri overpower North Florida for 85-51 win

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COLUMBIA, Mo.  _ Jordan Barnett posted a double-double and Missouri exploited its size advantage in an 85-51 victory over North Florida on Saturday for its fourth consecutive win.

Barnett finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, Reed Nikko scored a career-high 12 points and Jeremiah Tilmon had 10 points for Missouri (9-2). Jontay Porter added six points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

The Tigers used three players who are at least 6 feet 10 inches tall, and they all had their way inside against the Ospreys (5-8), whose tallest player is 6 feet 8 inches.

Missouri held a 52-31 edge in rebounds.

North Florida entered Saturday ranking fourth nationally in 3-pointers made per game at 11.9 on 40.4-percent shooting from 3-point range. To be competitive against Missouri, they needed to be hot from long range, but they made just 5 of 28 3-pointers.

Wajid Aminu led North Florida with 13 points, and Noah Horchler and Ivan Gandia-Rosa added 10 each.

BIG PICTURE 

Missouri: Reserve guard Jordan Geist had his second straight productive game. He finished with 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting after scoring 28 points against Green Bay. He had only one turnover in those games. The Tigers leaned on Geist a little extra Saturday after Terrence Phillips limped to the locker room in the first half and didn’t return after the break.

North Florida: The Ospreys dropped to 0-20 all-time against Southeastern Conference opponents. They get two more chances this season, with games at LSU on Friday and Mississippi State on Dec. 30.

UP NEXT 

Missouri completes a four-game home stand Tuesday against Stephen F. Austin (10-1), which has won six straight, including Saturday’s 83-82 victory at LSU.

North Florida visits Ball State (6-4) on Tuesday.

By JOE WALLJASPE
Associated Press