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Tigers bruise Bearcats

Kleiza scored 23 points in win (AP)

Missouri used a stifling second-half defense to overpower Division II Northwest Missouri on Wednesday, cruising to a 90-60 win in its final exhibition game. It was sophomore Linas Kleiza and Thomas Gardner, who combined for 42 points, and the rest of the potent Tiger offense that drew most of the post-game attention.

With a young team, the sort Missouri has, dominating the exhibition season is vital. Big wins provide a boost of confidence before the real season opens. Missouri didn't have that luxury last year, struggling to knock off a Lithuania traveling team and a club from the NBA's Developmental League before the real season began. That could change this season. The Tigers didn't dominate, but they...

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