Tigers roll past Xavier

    Missouri improved to 7-3 with a 71-56 win over Xavier on Tuesday night. (Kamen Entchev/KRCG13)

    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jeremiah Tilmon scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Missouri to a 71-56 victory over Xavier on Tuesday night.

    Foul trouble has been a recurring theme for Tilmon, a 6-foot-10 sophomore forward, but he avoided silly fouls while playing solid defense against the Musketeers. Mark Smith and Jordan Geist added 13 points each for the Tigers (7-3) and combined for 13 rebounds.

    Quentin Goodin scored 21 points for Xavier (7-5), which shot 39 percent from the field.

    Tilmon's big night started early. Xavier initially didn't double-team him in the post and he overpowered defenders Tyrique Jones and Zach Hankins inside. He also showed open-court skills when he stole the ball from guard Paul Scruggs and drove the length of the court for a layup in the first half.

    Missouri led 41-27 at halftime and extended the advantage to as many as 29 points in the second half.

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