COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Javon Pickett scored 18 points and led five in double figures as Missouri pulled away late to beat Central Michigan 78-68 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.
Central Michigan used a 12-4 run to pull to 64-62 with 3:22 remaining. Pickett answered with a 3-pointer, Kobe Brown made 5 of 6 free throws and then added a dunk following Amari Davis’ missed 3, and the Tigers led 74-68 with 38 seconds left.
Pickett was 8-of-14 shooting from the floor. Ronnie DeGray III had 13 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Tigers. Davis and Jarron Coleman added 14 points apiece and Brown finished with 10.
Jermaine Jackson Jr. made five 3-pointers and had 19 points and five assists to lead Central Michigan. Miroslav Stafl added 15 points.