Columbia, MO – Marcus Denmon scored a game-high 22 points ranked Missouri routed Niagara 83-52.
Kim English added 14 points, while Matt Pressey, Ricardo Ratliffe and Michael Dixon each scored 12 for Missouri (3-0).
Juan'ya Green and Antoine Mason were the only Niagara (1-1) scorers to reach double-digits as each netted 10 points apiece.
Niagara briefly took its only lead of the game when Ameen Tanksley hit a jumper 1:15 into the game to make it 2-1, but Denmon's layup just 22 seconds later put Missouri ahead for good.
An 11-2 run capped by Pressey's three-pointer with 12:57 left in the first half extended Missouri's lead to 22-8 before the Tigers took a 45-22 lead into the half.
Missouri then cruised through the second half to take the win, outscoring Niagara 38-30.
English made four three-pointers in the game to give him 13 through the first three games, which is a new school record...Missouri extended its non- conference home winning streak to 61 games...This is the third straight season the Tigers started the year 3-0...It was the first-ever meeting between the two teams.