COLUMBIA | Missouri lists only three seniors on its basketball roster, and only two -- because of J.T. Tiller’s sore foot -- suited up on Sunday.
The other two -- Zaire Taylor and Keith Ramsey -- need not have bothered playing either.
Members of Missouri’s sophomore class scored the Tigers' first 26 points, keying a 100-44 blowout of winless (0-4) Texas Pan-American.
Sophomore guard Marcus Denmon scored Missouri’s first seven points, then sophomore forward Laurence Bowers scored the next six.
By the time Taylor broke the sophomore streak with a fast-break layup with 7 minutes, 30 seconds left in the half, Bowers had eight points, Kim English six, Steve Moore two and Denmon still seven.
English, one of nine shooting in Missouri’s opener and his playing time reduced after hitting the back of his head on the floor, didn’t start the game.
He finished the first half with 11 points, however, and the game with 25.
Bowers scored 10 points and the game with 14.
Another sophomore, Miguel Paul, scored three points in the first half, meaning the sophomore Tigers outscored every other class on the MU roster 33-17 in the first 20 minutes.
Heck, even had no MU sophomore scored a point, the Tigers would still have lead at the half.
Texas-Pan Am hit only five of 28 shots, and three of 15 from three, and also missed its only two free throws of the first half.
The Broncs actually grabbed an 8-4 lead. Missouri then finished the half on a 46-5 run. Included in that spurt was a 28-0 Missouri scoring streak.
The Broncs did not scored for 11 minutes, 19 seconds.
The 13 points scored by Texas-Pan American in the first half was an historic low in Mizzou Arena. On Nov. 25, 2006, Stephen F. Austin scored only 17 points in a loss to MU. Western Illinois did the same in the first half here on Nov 25, 2007.
Missouri’s 56-point margin of victory made this the most lopsided victory in the history of Mizzou Arena. The record had been the 54-point margin of victory here against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last season.
The Broncos ended the day hitting only 15 of 52 shots overall and just eight of 26 threes. Missouri out-rebounded Texas-Pan American 44-27.