Missouri's Laurence Bowers, right shoot past North Alabama's Marcus Landry, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won the game 98-58. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
Missouri head coach Mike Anderson calls a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Alabama Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won the game 98-58. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Kim English scored a season-high 20 points in the first half alone to lead seven players in double figures as No. 9 Missouri romped over Division II North Alabama 98-58 on Wednesday night.
The junior guard connected on six of seven 3-pointers in the first half for Missouri (14-1), off to its best start in 21 years. Justin Safford and Laurence Bowers added 16 points each for the Tigers.
Beaumont Beasley scored 13 points for North Alabama (6-9).
English was Missouri's leading scorer as a sophomore but entered the game fifth in scoring this season on a more balanced team. He missed his only three shots in the second half as coach Mike Anderson cleared his bench.
Missouri had a 61-33 rebounding edge over the smaller Lions in its first regular-season game against a Division II opponent since 1996. The Gulf South Conference team had just one player taller than 6-foot-6.
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