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Mizzou opens Cuonzo Martin era with emphatic win over Iowa State

Mizzou opened the season hosting Iowa State. (Josh Kurelac/KRCG 13)

The student section was packed 30 minutes to tipoff. The crowd was filled to the rafters. The game lived up to the hype.

Missouri coasted to a 74-59 win over Iowa State in the season opener for both teams.

Despite freshman All-American Michael Porter, Jr. playing two minutes, the Tigers left no doubt on the court. Senior Jordan Barnett, junior Kevin Puryear and freshman Jeremiah Tilmon provided the most damage.

At halftime, Mizzou said Porter, Jr. was taken out of the first half after tweaking his hip during the pregame. Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin later said he would not have played the freshman had he not already been written in the scorebook.

Puryear dropped in 17 points while accounting for 8 rebounds. Jordan Barnett added 15 points and Jeremiah Tilmon posted a line of 14 pints and 7 rebounds.

A sellout crowd of 15,061, the first such announced attendance since 2013, saw Mizzou grab an early double digit lead. Missouri led 27-16 at the 5:59 mark of the first half, when Barnett and Puryear connected from long range, giving the Tigers their largest lead of the first half.

Missouri took a 39-25 lead into the halftime locker room.

Iowa State would cut the lead to 8 early in the second half, but Missouri responded with a 12-0, 5 points coming courtesy of Kassius Robertson. The senior transfer finished with 11 points.

Missouri shot 27-51 from the field while holding Iowa State to just 24-61 shooting.

The Tigers return to Mizzou Arena Monday when they host Wagner at 8 p.m.

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