Mizzou runs Jackson St. out of Hearnes

After their gauntlet last week, which included Alabama, Iowa and Xavier, how would the Tigers respond to a home court and an inferior opponent? Well, suffice it to say that the "let down" theory is highly overrated when it comes to the 2001-2002 Tigers. Tigers rolled to a 38-point victory.

Poor Jackson State really didn't stand a chance.

The Tigers unleashed a frightening assault of balanced scoring, rebounding and high-flying dunks that sent the lightly-regarded Jackson State team to an early bus ride home, and a 38-point loss.

Kareem Rush lead the Tigers with 24 points, followed by Arthur Johnson who added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Clarence Gilbert and Rickey Paulding also scored 16 points a piece, with Paulding shootig 6-9 from the floor. Guess who was performing the aerial maneuvers in Hearnes with that shooting percentage?

"Rickey is the dunk master," Rush said after the game. "He's going to be the highlight film for the year."

Missouri not only did the spectacular things, but also took care of the mundane aspects of the game as well vs. Jackson State. The Tigers won the battle of the boards 54-26. Mizzou also lead the game in assists, turnovers created and blocked shots.

It was the most points the Tigers have scored in a game since 1996.

However, the star of the night was clearly the Tigers all-american Kareem Rush. Rush was 6-8 from the three-point arc and seemingly scored at will on Thursday night.

The #3 ranked Tigers (6-0) take on Grambling State on Saturday in Columbia, with a scheduled 3 pm start time.

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