(5) Missouri 90

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Oakland 85

(2-4, 2-1 home)

    6:00 PM ET, November 29, 2003

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    #5MIZZ 42 4890
    OAK 34 5185

    McKenney, Paulding score 21 each for Mizzou

    ROCHESTER, Mich. (AP) --Jimmy McKenney and Rickey Paulding scored 21 points each to lead Missouri to a tough season-opening 90-85 victory over Oakland on Saturday night.

    The Tigers (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today; No. 5 AP) led Oakland (2-4), in just its sixth year of Division I-A play, by only one with less than three minutes to play.

    The game was a homecoming for Paulding, a preseason All-American, and teammate Arthur Johnson, both products of the Detroit Public School League. Oakland is located 30 miles north of downtown Detroit, and the pair had a large cheering section among the sellout crowd of 4,055.

    Johnson had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Missouri, which had five players score in double figures.

    Oakland's Rawle Marshall led all scorers with 27 points, while Mike Helms had 21 before fouling out with 8:12 left and Missouri leading 70-67.

    Still the Tigers couldn't pull away, even with five quick points from Paulding. With Helms exhorting his teammates during timeouts, Oakland pulled within 83-82 on a free throw by Marshall with 2:43 left.

    After a miss by Johnson, Scott had a chance to give the Golden Grizzlies the lead but his shot rimmed out. Johnson then had a dunk to give Missouri an 88-85 lead with 46 seconds left.

    DeMarcus Ishmeal then missed a tying 3-point attempt, ending Oakland's chances.

    Oakland started the second half with a 12-2 run, including eight points from Helms, and took a 46-44 lead with 17:11 to go.

    Helms picked up his fourth foul with 13:08 to play, but Paulding got his fourth just four seconds later.

    Oakland led 64-63 with 11 minutes left, but McKenney's 3-pointer started a 7-1 run that forced Oakland to put Helms back into the game.

    Missouri only led 33-30 with five minutes left in the first half, but went on a 9-4 run to take a 42-34 lead at halftime. Paulding led the Tigers with 12, while Marshall had 12 for the Golden Grizzlies.

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