Nov. 16, 2012
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Alex Oriakhi recorded his second consecutive double-double and scored a season high 17 points to lead Missouri Basketball to a 74-54 win over Nicholls State on Friday night at Mizzou Arena.
Oriakhi has given the Tigers a dominant presence in the paint this season and became the first Missouri player to open a season with three straight 10-rebound games since 1983 (Malcolm Thomas). The senior scored the game's first points and continued to shoot the ball well at the charity stripe, hitting 9-of-10 free throws and is now hitting a career-best 73 percent at the foul line this season.
Missouri was a club that dominated due to his offensive efficiency in 2011-12 and while the Tigers continue to warm up on the offensive end, it's calling card appears to be on defense, as the club has held its three opponents to just 34 percent shooting from the floor, while owning a +14 margin on the glass.
Earnest Ross gave Mizzou another solid effort and hit 3-of-4 treys en route to 16 points. The Cary, N.C., native also grabbed five boards, hitting 6-of-9 shots from the floor in all. Over his last two games Ross is 13-of-17 from the floor, averaging 16.5 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Not to go unnoticed was the efficient play of Keion Bell. Bell, who came to Mizzou after scoring more than 1,300 points at Pepperdine, is becoming an improved defender and ripped away a game high four steals to go with seven rebounds and 6-of-7 shooting from the foul line.
Nicholls State was led by Fred Hunter who scored 22 points on 7-of-11 field goals.
Missouri returns to action on Nov. 22 vs. Stanford in the opening round of the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas. Game time is slated for Noon CT and the game will be televised on AXS.tv, formerly known as HDNet.