COLUMBIA, Missouri (Ticker) -- Clarence Gilbert scored 20 points and fellow guard Wesley Stokes had 13, seven assists and seven rebounds as fifth-ranked Missouri used a solid second half to pull away from Grambling, 100-76.
Missouri (7-0) continued to feast on lesser competition and used a balanced attack to shake Grambling over the final 20 minutes.
Kareem Rush added 17 points and seven rebounds and Arthur Johnson chipped in 16 and 10. Reserves Travon Bryant and Rickey Paulding added 11 points apiece as only Gilbert logged more than 30 minutes in the rout.
"That's my job, to crash the boards," Johnson said. "So when I have a double-double, I know I did my job." "We were explosive offensively," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. "We can score. I think it says more that we scored 100 points with 22 turnovers." Paul Haynes led Grambling (1-5) with 25 points and Jamel Gooding added 21.
Rush opened the scoring with a 3-pointer 17 seconds into the contest and Missouri scored eight of the game's first 11 points. But Grambling fought back and knotted the contest, 9-9, with 14:53 to go in the half.
A free throw by Johnson 30 seconds later regained the lead for Missouri and sparked a 10-4 run. After Gooding sank a jumper with 10:16 to go, Rush sank a 3-pointer to push the lead to 22-15.
Trailing 36-29 after 20 minutes, Grambling got a 3-pointer from Haynes 41 seconds into the second half to draw within four points. But Missouri repsonded with a 12-2 run to open a 14-point edge.
Grambling never got the margin back to single digits and trailed by as many 25 in the final minutes. Grambling made just 3-of-14 3-point attempts and committed 20 turnovers.
Missouri made just 9-of-27 shots beyond the arc but held a 50-23 rebounding edge and made 23-of-28 free-throw attempts.
"Some teams stick with you but we came into the second half and kept at it and eventually put them away," Rush said.
"They left us wide open and dared us to make shots," said Gilbert, who made his first nine shots. "Finally we got into a rhythm." Missouri, which made 55 percent of its shots (22-of-40) after the break, is a near-lock to move up in the polls following losses by No. 2 Illinois and No. 3 Arizona.
"Do you perform because you are No. 3?" Snyder said. "Are you content because you're there? Do you allow other people to dictate who you are?" Grambling has lost five straight -- all on the road -- and has surrendered at least 100 points in four of its six games this season.
Missouri has won both all-time meetings with Grambling.