Bowers hauled down seven rebounds while Pressey had five to go with his nine assists.
The Tigers (1-0), whose 2011-12 season came to an end with an upset by No. 15 seed Norfolk State in last year's NCAA Tournament, put the game away with a 22-8 run over the first 7-plus minutes of the second half.
The Cougars (0-1) were led by Jerome Jones with five 3-pointers on his way to 17 points.
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