(COLUMBIA, Mo)—The Missouri Tigers took the court with a guarded optimism upon hearing that three of their players would be held out for various reasons. Their worries melted away, mostly late in the second half, as the Tigers outlasted the Chippewas of Central Michigan 78-68 on Tuesday evening.
Five Tigers were into double figures on points as Mizzou was able to overcome an early run by the Chippewas that saw Mizzou down for several minutes.
The Tigers fought back with a bevy of three-point shots that were reminiscent of a Melvin Booker/Mark Atkins team. Their efforts were rewarded with an opening night victory.
One of the standout elements of the evening was the raucous student section at Mizzou Arena. SEC Network play-by-play man Ben Arnet noted on several occasions that the Mizzou student section was instrumental in assisting the Tiger team.
The Mizzou basketball team takes the court again on Monday November 15 when they host the University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos. Tip-time is set for 7:00pm CST.
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