Missouri shook up its starting lineup Tuesday, inserting freshman guard K.J. Walton and junior forward Russell Woods for a 78-25 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Mizzou Arena.
The Tigers had used the same starting lineup, which had included sophomore guard Namon Wright and senior forward Ryan Rosburg, for the last seven games.
Walton, who started the season opener against Wofford before shifting to a reserve role, started in place of Wright, who is mired in a shooting slump.
Wright had gone 17 of 66 from the field (25.8 percent) in Missouri’s last 10 games, all starts, and was only 8 of 34 from three-point range (23.5 percent) during that stretch.
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Walton finished with seven points and two rebounds, while Wright had seven points and five rebounds.
Woods, who made his first career start, yanked down a career-high 10 rebounds Dec. 23 in the Braggin’ Rights Game against Illinois — the first double-digit rebound game for any Tigers player this season.
He brings more of an interior scoring presence than Rosburg.
Woods again established a career-high with 10 rebounds and also scored six, while Rosburg finished with three points.
By the numbers
2: Players with double-digit rebounds in a game this season after sophomore Jakeenan Gant pulled down a career-high 11, joining Woods as the only player with 10-plus boards this season.
13.3: Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s first-half shooting percentage after going 4 of 30 from the field. The Golden Lions missed 14 straight shots at one point.
81.8: Missouri’s free-throw percentage, a season high.