COL BKB: Missouri 74, Nicholls State 54

Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:11 PM

COLUMBIA, Mo., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Alex Oriakhi was one of four Missouri starters in double figures Friday and the No. 15 Tigers opened the second half strong to defeat Nicholls State 74-54.

Missouri limited Nicholls State to 19 field goals while improving to 3-0.

Oriakhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds while Earnest Ross scored 16, Keion Bell 13 and Laurence Bowers 12.

The Tigers owned a 32-25 lead at halftime, then began the second period on a 22-7 run. Missouri won the rebounding battle by 12 and hit 7-of-12 from beyond the 3-point arc.

The Colonels (0-2) got 22 points from Fred Hunter.

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