COLUMBIA, Mo. — Led by a balanced scoring attack, the 17th-ranked Missouri Tigers earned a decisive 79-62 victory over the Georgia Bulldogs on Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri (13-3, 2-1 SEC) jumped out to a 13-4 lead on a layup by senior guard Keion Bell with 13:44 to play in the first half. Georgia narrowed the gap to 13-9 at the 11:59 mark, but the run was short-lived.
Junior forward Tony Criswell’s three-pointer gave Mizzou a 36-22 lead at the 3:32 mark, before the Bulldogs closed the half on an 8-2 run. The Tigers led 38-30 at the break.
Georgia (6-10, 0-3 SEC) never threatened in the second half, and finished the game with a whopping 19 turnovers. A layup by sophomore guard Jabari Brown gave the Tigers a 62-47 lead with 7:17 to play.
Mizzou shot 48% from the field, and 41% from three-point range. Georgia finished 46% from the field, and 59% from beyond the arc. Senior guard Vincent Williams led the Bulldogs with 23 points. Missouri outrebounded Georgia 26-25.
The Tigers had five players score in double figures. Criswell had 10 points and six rebounds, while Bell added 14 points and four assists. Senior forward Alex Oriakhi finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, and four blocks. Brown added 15 points, and junior guard Earnest Ross scored 15 points off the bench.
Mizzou hits the road for a showdown with the 10th-ranked Florida Gators on Saturday afternoon.