The senior rebounded in the second half after being limited in the first by two personal fouls called early in the game.
After Jeremiah Tilmon was deemed the centerpiece of the MU offense following a season-opening win, he led the team with five turnovers as Iowa State shut down the sophomore.
Following a season-ending knee injury, Jontay Porter would benefit from another year at MU.
Smith made 16 3-pointers his freshman season at Illinois. He made five in his first game at Missouri.
It became clear how central the sophomore power forward will be to Missouri’s offense in Jontay Porter’s absence as Tilmon tallied 16 points and 5 rebounds.
ust as Jontay prepared to take the spotlight, an ACL and MCL tear benched him in typical Porter fashion, leaving him and Missouri to contemplate his next move.
The St. Louis area has been a struggle for the Tigers’ recruiting over the years, but Cuonzo Martin and his staff have sought to change that trend.
Missouri added seven scholarship players this season.
The Tigers made their first NCAA Tournament in five years under first-year coach Cuonzo Martin despite numerous twists and turns.
The former four-star recruit will forgo his year-long transfer ineligibility after being granted a waiver.