With a little more than two minutes remaining in the first half, Alcorn State had No. 14 Missouri where it wanted. The team only trailed by two points, and the Tigers seemingly couldn't make a shot.
Problem was, Alcorn State couldn't either.
''You have to execute on both ends,'' coach Luther Riley said. ''Give them one shot, block out and rebound. Offensively, trust the system.''
LeAntwan Luckett scored 14 points and Anthony Nieves added 13, but the Braves (1-1) only shot 30.6 percent, including 9 of 31 in the first half, and lost 91-54 on Tuesday night.
Alcorn State managed to keep the halftime deficit to seven points despite several players participating in their first game against Division I competition, including Luckett, a highly-touted recruit who sat out his freshman season.
Pressey scored 21 points and Laurence Bowers added 14, all in the second half, for Missouri (2-0), which used an 18-3 run across halftime and shot 58.6 percent in the closing half to blow the game op...