The Tigers topped the Aggies for their first SEC win of the 2019 season, led by Jordan Geist, Jeremiah Tilmon and Mark Smith.
Missouri dropped its third-straight conference game.
Javon Pickett set a new career high, but the Tigers struggled too much with fouls and turnovers for it to make a difference.
Missouri had its six-game winning streak snapped in its conference opener.
Mark Smith had a career-high 22 points for the Tigers, who led by 28 early.
The senior scored 20 points to lead Missouri past Illinois for the first time in six years.
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Tilmon led Missouri with a career-high 23 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers had six players in double figures and scored 57 points in the second half after an ugly start against lowly Oral Roberts.
Sophomore transfer guard K.J. Santos played college basketball for the first time in nearly two years Friday, but he didn’t play much guard.
Missouri’s scoring was evenly distributed, but freshman Torrence Watson led the Tigers with 12 points off the bench.
Senior Jordan Geist, often criticized for his late-game management, made a contested 3 at the buzzer to force overtime against Central Florida.
The freshman guard had 13 points and a team-high three assists while making his presence felt with scrappy defensive plays.
“I don’t want to go back to what the first two years of college were,” senior Kevin Puryear said after a disheartening loss to Temple.
Missouri’s offense couldn’t overcome 15 turnovers and the Tigers fell to 3-3 on the season.
Missouri hosts Temple and UCF this week after a second-place performance at the Paradise Jam.
Jordan Geist came in just ahead of Kevin Puryear in scoring, the two combining for over half of Missouri’s points.
The Tigers finished their first game of the 2018 Paradise Jam with a 55-52 win over the Owls led by Puryear, who tallied 17 points.
The senior rebounded in the second half after being limited in the first by two personal fouls called early in the game.