COLUMBIA, MO (KMOV.com) - Newcomer Earnest Ross led the Tigers with 22 points as they rolled over Northwest Missouri State 91-58 in the first exhibition game of 2012.
"He can shoot for a guy his size, and with his physique you wouldn't know that he could have that kind of touch," said Head Coach Frank Haith.
The redshirt junior was not alone, new Tigers were responsible for 73 of the 91 points scored and shot 62 percent from the field.
Another transfer, redshirt senior Keion Bell, pitched in with 20 points as he and Ross piled up points in the first 12 minutes of the game.
"The first 12 minutes of the ball game, we played just about as well as we could play," Haith said. "We were getting out in transition and limiting it to just one shot, and that's how this team has to play to be very good. We saw glimpses of that with Earnest and Keion and how physical those guys are."
Despite the strong play from both Ross and Bell, Haith was concerned about his team's performance in the second half.
The Tigers shot 76.9 percent in the first half but only 48.3 percent after intermission. The Tigers only made one of the twelve three point shots they attempted after halftime.
"We had a spurt where we played outstanding. When you're up 30 you don't want to see slippage from this team," Haith said.