Saddled with foul trouble and needed an energy boost, Missouri coach Kim Anderson turned to sophomore forward D’Angelo Allen midway through the first half.
Allen has averaged a shade more than 8 minutes this season and didn’t appear at all in three games, but he came up big in a 76-61 win against Auburn with seven points and four rebounds in 12 minutes.
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“He was tremendous tonight,” freshman forward Kevin Puryear said. “I’m super proud of him, super happy for him. He’s been through a lot this season and, to see him have a moment like that, I’m extremely happy for him. He’s definitely deserving.”
Missouri trailed 16-15 when sophomore D’Angelo Allen entered the game, but he immediately helped spark a 17-2 run.
Allen’s offensive rebound and tip-in broke a 16-16 tie after Puryear’s game-tying free throw.
Allen then added a block and a defensive rebound before splashing in a three-pointer — his first of the season — that had the Tigers in control 25-18 with 5:05 remaining before halftime.
During the closing minutes, Allen added another defensive board, giving him five points and three rebounds in eight first-half minutes.
“He deserves a lot of credit,” sophomore guard Tramaine Isabell said. “His niche is he’s an energy guy, and he brought that. He brings it every day.”
By the numbers
13: Offensive rebounds by Missouri, which has reached double figures in four of the last six games and beat Auburn 15-9 on second-chance points.
15: Missouri’s halftime lead, the largest in a conference game since the Tigers led South Carolina 38-22 at intermission Jan. 25, 2014.
40-5: Missouri’s edge in bench scoring buoyed by Tramaine Isabell’s 12 points and 10 from Namon Wright.