ST. CATHARINES, Ont., Canada | So much for Missouri’s young basketball team needing time to bond.
The Tigers — with five true freshman and two junior transfers in uniform for the first time— raced to a 15-0 lead Saturday on the Niagara All-Stars in the tip-off of a three-game exhibition tour of Ontario.
By the end of the first quarter - international rules were used - the Tigers led 30-12.
At the half Mizzou’s lead burgeoned to 62-36.
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And, well, you get the idea. Niagara, a team comprised of a few former American players and the rest Canadians, was short. Also slow.
Final: Missouri 120, Niagara All-Stars 80. Missouri veterans actually fueled the early charge.
Guard J.T. Tiller scored seven of the first eight points on a 15-foot jumper, a layup and a three.
Leo Lyons got a three and a bucket off Zaire Taylor’s third steal of the first period.
DeMarre Carroll scored the other three points on an inside basket and a free throw.
The Tigers will play Brock University on Sunday at 1 p.m., likely getting a sterner test.
Tour organizers had scheduled a trip to Niagara Falls and a Maid of the Mist tour for the Tigers. But Coach Mike Anderson turned that down so the basketball team could gather in front of a television at their hotel and watch Missouri’s football game against Illinois on ESPN.