COLUMBIA | The youth of the Missouri basketball team didn’t wait to be served.
The kids helped themselves, igniting an offensive explosion that gave the Tigers a 56-27 half-time lead over Lincoln University.
Okay, this came against a team that won only seven games last year, and it was an exhibition game, the first of the year at Mizzou Arena.
But the seven players new to the Missouri roster from last year’s 16-16 team scored 32 points on the way to a 46-14 bulge with 3:46 left in the opening half.
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As he did in scoring 36 points in MU’s Black & Gold intrasquad game last week, freshman guard Marcus Denmon lit up the joint in a 6 minute, 8 second span between coming off the bench and returning to it with two fouls.
The former Kansas City Hogan Prep star scored seven points on three of three shooting (including a three), grabbed a rebound and dished out an assist.
The top newcomer - junior Zaire Taylor who sat out last season following a transfer from Delaware - was the only rookie in the starting lineup.
He scored 11 points on four of five from the field in the first half. Freshmen Laurence Bowers and Miguel Paul scored six each.
At the break the foursome of Missouri veterans in the starting lineup - Leo Lyons, DeMarre Carroll, J.T. Tiller and Matt Lawrence - had combined for 18 points and 11 rebounds.
The seven newcomers combined for 36 points and 9 rebounds.
The other two points for MU in the half were scored by returning squadman Justin Safford.