Missouri cruises past Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 95-41

COLUMBIA | Missouri jumped to a 7-0 lead, spotted Arkansas-Pine Bluff a couple of baskets, then ripped off a 17-0 run.

And that is just how the first eight and a half minutes of basketball played out Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.

By the time Missouri had thrown in its final basket of a 95-41 win against the Big 12’s favorite patsy — 0-6 Arkansas-Pine Bluff is now 0-4 at Big 12 arenas this season — well, whatever little had been ailing the Tigers was not causing further consternation.

Take freshman Marcus Denmon. Denmon made three three-pointers in Missouri’s season opener. In the following five games Denmon hadn’t hit another while missing 14 attempts.

Denmon cranked in a three with 12 minutes, 57 seconds to play on Tuesday. He scored 11 points, his first double-digit game since hitting 15 in his MU debut.

Matt Lawrence, a senior who had scored only eight points total in Missouri’s previous two games, popped in 15, including a perfect 4 of 4 from the free throw line.

Kim English, another freshman who had hit only six of 20 shots in his previous three games, hit five of eight and three triples on the way to 13 points.

And, of course, scoring leaders DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons did their usual thing.

Carroll scored 12 of his 13 points in 12 minutes of a first half Missouri led 44-22.

Lyons scored eight of his 13 points in the second half.

The opposition easily was the worst provided Missouri so far this season. APB needs to put out an all points bulletin for players who can shoot, defend and handle a basketball.

The Golden Lions committed 28 turnovers, hit only 16 of 60 shots and finished 0 for 8 behind the bonus arc.

That was hinted at in a 20-point loss at Colorado, a 29-point loss at Texas A&M and a 14-point loss at Nebraska.

Missouri topped that in a game in which MU Coach Mike Anderson played every player on the roster and probably considered pulling long-ago Tiger basketball player Gary Link off radio row out of pity for the Golden Lions.

Walk on Jarrett Sutton — out of Oak Park High School — drained two late threes. Every Tiger scored. Heck, free-throws weren’t even much of a problem, Mizzou hitting 16 of 22.

Missouri — which knocked off then-No. 19 Southern California in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament — will now return to playing tougher opposition.

Missouri plays host to California at Mizzou Arena at 1 p.m. on Sunday.