Missouri freshman D’Angelo Allen was a putback machine Thursday against Elon during a 78-73 Tigers victory at Mizzou Arena.
He had three straight offensive rebounds and layups during a stretch in the first half en route to career highs in points (12) and rebounds (seven).
“I had a good game, but not my best game,” Allen said. “I can do much better.”
Getting into better shape is the first step for Allen, who has been dubbed “Fat Boy” by his teammates, according to senior point guard Keith Shamburger.
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“If I can get in shape and lose some weight a little bit, I think I can be a good role player for this team and we can get wins — as a ‘Fat Boy,’” Allen said.
Missouri announced a crowd of 4,514.
It’s the third smallest crowd for a Tigers game since Mizzou Arena opened in 2014.
The record for lowest attendance at the arena is 3,394 for a 74-45 win against Savannah State on Jan. 6, 2010.
▪ Key play: Starting his third straight game, freshman Namon Wright got Missouri off to a strong start with back-to-back three-pointers to open the game.
▪ Key stat: Elon shot eight of 33, a meager 24.2 percent, in the first half, while Missouri shot nearly 60 percent and made six of nine three-pointers.
▪ Key play: Pick one of Missouri’s eight free throws down the stretch. The Tigers were perfect at the line in the final 46.2 seconds.
▪ Key stat: Despite allowing 19 offensive rebounds, Missouri, which had nine offensive boards, had a 16-12 edge on second-chance points.