No. 8 Missouri opens with sloppy win over Tennessee-Martin

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2001

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Kareem Rush scored 28 points as No. 8 Missouri opened the season with a sloppy 89-63 victory over Tennessee-Martin in the first round of the Guardians Classic on Tuesday night.

Arthur Johnson added 10 rebounds and five blocked shots for Missouri, which had 10 blocks overall.

The Tigers will play Air Force, which beat Yale 68-62, in the second round of the 16-team tournament on Wednesday night.

Rush, a preseason All-America who led the Big 12 with a 21-point average last season, was 8-for-15 from the field and added three assists, six rebounds and three blocked shots.

Missouri put the game away with a 20-2 run midway through the first half.

Jeremy Sargent had 13 points for Tennessee-Martin.

No. 9 Iowa 89, Md.-Eastern Shore 59

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Reggie Evans matched his career high with 30 points and the Hawkeyes cruised in the opening round of the Guardians Classic.

Iowa, which struggled early, will play Boston University, which beat New Orleans 69-63, in the second round.

Evans, who led the nation in rebounding last season, was just too strong inside for Maryland-Eastern Shore. He grabbed 15 rebounds, was 10-of-14 from the field and constantly drew fouls, going 10-for-13 from the line.

Josh Hickman and Thomas Trotter led Maryland-Eastern Shore with 13 points each.

No. 12 Memphis 88, Wofford 61

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Dajuan Wagner had 18 points and four assists in his college debut to lead Memphis in the opening round of the Guardians Classic.

The Tigers will face Old Dominion, a 69-52 winner over Sacramento State, in the second round.

Wagner, a heralded freshman who scored 100 points in a high school game, missed his first five shots from the field, but finished 6-of-17. He missed all four of his 3-point attempts.

Kelly Wise had 14 and 11 rebounds and Chris Massie had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers, who controlled the boards 48-24.

Justin Stephens led the Terriers with 19 points.

No. 20 Southern California 68, Wyoming 55

LOS ANGELES -- Sam Clancy scored 22 points and newcomer Jerry Dupree added 13 as Southern California opened the season with a victory in the first round of the Preseason NIT.

Dupree hadn't played in a year after spending last season at a junior college in San Bernardino to improve his grades. He previously played as a reserve at College of Southern Idaho.

Josh Davis, last season's Mountain West player of the year, led Wyoming with 16 points.

No. 24 Alabama 107, Mississippi Valley St. 67

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Rod Grizzard scored 22 points and Alabama led by as many as 46 points in the opening-round game in the Guardians Classic.

The Crimson Tide advanced to the second round and will play Samford, which beat Loyola Marymount 72-60.

Mo Williams, playing in his first college game, scored all 15 of his points in the first half as Alabama took a 59-24 halftime lead.

Mississippi Valley State's D'Jamel Jackson finished with 32 points.

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