Missouri basketball beats UT Arlington 65 to 45
Jeremiah Tilmon posted 10 points and 12 rebounds — his second double-double this season — to lead Missouri to a 65-45 victory over UT Arlington on Tuesday night.
The 6-foot-10 Tilmon took advantage of an undersized UTA frontcourt. The tallest players in the Mavericks' starting lineup — Andres Ibarguen and Patrick Mwamba — are each 6-foot-5. The sophomore forward has been heating up, and has now scored double-digits in each of his last three contests.
Tilmon also shot 6-for-6 from the free-throw line. He shot just 52 percent from the charity stripe last year, but has upped that percentage to 80 percent this season.
The Tigers came into the contest shooting 38.2 percent from 3, tops in the Southeastern Conference. Missouri (5-3) shot 9-for-25 from 3-point range against the Mavericks, who entered the game holding opponents to just 27.2 percent from beyond the arc.
Missouri finished shooting 44 percent. The team's leading scorer for the season — Jordan Geist — added nine points and team-leading three assists.
The Mavericks return just 3.2 percent of their points from last season, the least amount of production in college basketball. UTA's nonconference schedule is also filled with power-conference opponents, including Indiana, Arkansas, Missouri, No. 1 Gonzaga and Texas.