Despite watching his team struggle in the first half for the second consecutive game, Missouri coach Frank Haith remains encouraged.
After all, the Tigers are only returning one player from last year's 30-5 team.
''This team is a work in progress,'' Haith said. ''We're not going to be where we're going to be in January. We're not going to be where we're going to be in February.''
Missouri made just nine of its 39 attempts before the break and held a seven-point halftime advantage thanks to Phil Pressey's deep 3-pointer with three seconds left. But the 14th-ranked Tigers used an 18-3 run across halftime that blew the game open en route to a 91-54 win over Alcorn State on Tuesday night.
Pressey scored 21 points and Laurence Bowers added 14, all in the second half. Bowers went 3 of 4 from behind the arc, his first 3-pointers since the 2009-10 season after going 0 for 8 in 2010-11 and missing last season recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.