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Updated: Tuesday, January 7, 2003 11:45 PM EST
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(13) Missouri 88, Centenary 58
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COLUMBIA, Missouri (Ticker) -- Rickey Paulding scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting to lead four players in double figures as 13th-ranked Missouri coasted to an 88-58 victory Centenary in its final non-conference tuneup.

Paulding is averaging 19.8 points in his last four contests for the Tigers (9-1), who open Big 12 Conference play Saturday against Baylor.

Missouri, which has won three straight since its only loss against Illinois on December 21, held a huge advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Gents, 57-22. Arthur Johnson and Jeffrey Ferguson led that effort with 11 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

Johnson also scored 10 points for his sixth double-double of the season.

Missouri shot 52 percent (33-of-64) from the field while holding Centenary to just 38 percent (23-of-61).

Aaron Mosely scored 13 points for the Gents (5-9), who went winless on a five-game road trip that also included contests against Fresno State, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Texas Christian.

After trailing by as many as 19 in the first half, Centenary used runs of 7-0 and 6-0 to get in the game. But Paulding and freshman Jimmy McKinney combined for eight of Missouri's final 10 points of the half, helping the Tigers stretch their lead to 45-35 at the intermission.

Missouri opened the second half with a 12-2 run, taking a 57-37 lead on a 3-pointer by McKinney, who was 3-of-5 from beyond the arc.

McKinney chipped in 12 points for Missouri, while Travon Bryant and Johnson added 11 and 10, respectively.

Andrew Wisniewski and Ricky Evans contributed 12 apiece for the Gents, who made just 5-of-11 free throws. Missouri also struggled at the line, going 10-of-19.

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