Smith's hot shooting lifts Missouri over Southern Illinois

Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern Illinois Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Mark Smith scored a season-high 23 points to lead Missouri to a 64-48 victory over Southern Illinois.

Javon Pickett came off the bench to score 13 for Missouri in his second straight double-figure scoring game. Eric McGill led Southern Illinois with 11 points. The Tigers held the Salukis to 29.4% shooting and outrebounded them 37-21.

Missouri returns to action Saturday against Illinois in St. Louis. Southern Illinois hosts Hampton on Wednesday.

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Missouri's Jeremiah Tilmon, top, leaps over Southern Illinois' Ronnie Suggs, bottom, as they battle for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)