Michael Porter Jr. was nowhere to be found as Missouri (2-0) took the floor Monday for its game against Wagner (1-1). He hadn't been seen all night, and that wouldn't change. It didn't matter too much, as Mizzou crushed the Seahawks 99-55.
Kassius Robertson led all scorers with 23 points and went 5-8 from three. The Tigers shot 68 percent from the field and 55 percent from three while playing stellar defense.
While Robertson now plays point guard and brings the ball up the floor, his primary focus is still shooting and scoring at a high volume. He was able to get into a rhythm off the ball as well and knock down open looks. He’s the clear leader of the team right now.
Porter Jr. was ruled out with a leg injury just hours before tip-off. A team spokesman listed the freshman as day-to-day and said that he's “under evaluation by Mizzou's trainers and doctors.”
Jontay Porter sent a reminder that he can play a little bit, too. Porter had 11 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes of play. Instead of floating around the three-point line like he did against Iowa State, he showed the ability to do work in the trenches.
Mid-way through the first half, Porter secured a missed 3-pointer by Jordan Barnett before laying it in with ease. On the next possession, Porter grabbed another offensive rebound after Robertson missed a 3-pointer of his own.
Porter kicked it back out to the Canadian; he wouldn't miss again. The long ball made it a 23-point lead for Missouri, who completely outmatched Wagner with its size, length, and depth. The Seahawks were simply too small inside to stop Mizzou's bigs from snagging rebounds and scoring at will.
This became apparent with Jeremiah Tilmon’s quick start to the game. Tilmon scored six of the Tigers’ first 10 points on a post spin, tip-in, and strong hook shot in the paint. The opposing bigs looked completely helpless to stop him, but he did it for them by fouling out...again.
Offensively, Wagner's luck wasn't any better. The Seahawks shot just 18 for 55 and looked frustrated with the Tigers’ physicality both in the paint and on the perimeter. Missouri dominated both sides of the ball in what was a complete effort.
By the second half, things were all but over and mostly uneventful. That was, until Jordan Barnett baptized Tyler Plummer with a one-handed fastbreak tomahawk. Barnett might see himself on SportsCenter later tonight for that one, seriously.
Barnett scored 13 points while Kevin Puryear chipped in 12 points on perfect 4-4 shooting. The Tigers had four scorers in double digits and 10 players who got on the board.
Blake Harris fell hard to the floor after a layup attempt late in the first half. Harris stayed on the ground for a few minutes while grabbing both his head and knee. Eventually, he slowly made his way off the court while limping.
Mizzou plays its first road game of the year at 7 p.m. on Thursday against Utah. Hopefully news on the condition of Porter Jr. and Harris surfaces by then.