Feb. 2, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Keion Bell (5) dribbles the ball during the second half against the Auburn Tigers at Mizzou Arena. Missouri won 91-77. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Keion Bell had 24 points in No. 17 Missouri's 91-77 rout of Auburn.
Phil Pressey dished out 10 assists and Earnest Ross netted 23 points against his former team for the Tigers (16-5, 5-3 SEC), who were coming off a loss at LSU on Wednesday.
Frankie Sullivan tallied 12 points to lead Auburn (8-13, 2-6), which has dropped six consecutive contests.
Asauhn Dixon-Tatum's layup pulled Auburn within 24-23 with 7:20 on the first- half clock, but Missouri went on a 10-1 flurry to create some distance. Bell had a pair of dunks during the spurt, which gave the hosts a 34-24 advantage with 5:05 in the opening stanza.
Missouri took a 45-35 cushion into the break and a 16-4 second-half run put the game away.
Alex Oriakhi had five points during the surge, which was capped on his three- point play to make it 67-46 in favor of the home team with 12:38 remaining.
The margin reached its apex at 22 down the stretch.
Alex Oriakhi surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for his career ... This is the first meeting between Missouri and Auburn ... Bell and Ross combined to go 17- of-25 from the field ... Missouri has won 13 straight games at home.
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