Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jim Yarbrough argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won 89-53. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
Missouri's Johnathan Williams III, left, tries to block the shot of Southeastern Louisiana's Onochie Ochie, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Jabari Brown scored 19 points and Jordan Clarkson added 14 to help Missouri cruise to an 89-53 win over Southeastern Louisiana in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
The Tigers (1-0) showed no signs of distress without Coach Frank Haith, who started serving a five-game suspension levied by the NCAA last month.
Missouri won its 19th consecutive game at Mizzou Arena and hasn’t lost to a non-conference opponent on its own floor since the 2005-06 opener. The team used 11-0 and 14-0 runs in the first half to break the game open.
JaMichael Hawkins led Southeastern Louisiana (0-1) with 14 points, while Jeffery Ricard added nine. Ricard and Dre Evans are the only returned starters for the Lions, who were picked to finish sixth out of 12 teams in the Southland Conference.