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Missouri 64, American 51

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Jason Conley had 12 points and 10 rebounds
for his second straight double-double, and the second of his
career, helping Missouri beat American 64-51 on Tuesday night.

Thomas Gardner added 14 points and Jason Horton scored all but
two of his career-best 12 points in the first half to get the
Tigers (8-5) off to a good start in their final game before
beginning Big 12 play. Missouri opens at home on Saturday against
Iowa State.

The Tigers won despite a sub-par outing from leading scorer
Linas Kleiza, who missed all six of his shots from the field and
was held to five free throws. Kleiza had averaged 20 points over
the previous four games.

Conley's follow-up to a 16-point, 13-rebound effort against
Gonzaga, plus a defense that held American to 35 percent shooting,
helped compensate.

Missouri, which was 10-of-22 (46 percent) from 3-point range and
18-for-53 (34 percent) otherwise, has won four in a row at the new
Mizzou Arena.

Andre Ingram had 19 points for American (6-5), which has lost
three of four and opens Patriot League play on Saturday at home
against Lehigh. Jason Thomas added 12 points and Linas Lekavicius
had 11.

Missouri led by as many as 16 points in the second half,
although American twice shaved the deficit to six. The Tigers went
more than five minutes between baskets to allow the Eagles back
into the game.

Missouri shot only 37 percent in the first half but was 7-for-11
from 3-point range to take a 33-21 lead at halftime. Four of the
3-pointers came in the final 2:44 on a half-ending 16-2 run that
erased American's 19-17 lead.

The Tigers were only 3-for-16 inside the 3-point line in the
first half.

Two players, Ingram with 13 points and Thomas with six, scored
all but two of American's first-half points.