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Oriakhi has double-double, Mizzou tops Nicholls St

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Oriakhi has double-double, Mizzou tops Nicholls St

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Alex Oriakhi had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Earnest Ross scored 16 points and No. 14 Missouri beat Nicholls State 74-54 on Friday night.

The Tigers (3-0) put to rest their tendency to start slowly - at least for one game - after senior forward Laurence Bowers promised to fix the team's energy problems after Missouri shot 23 percent in the first half Tuesday night against Alcorn State. Missouri used a 7-0 run within the first four minutes and wouldn't relinquish the lead after that.

Missouri shot 22 of 51, including 39.3 percent in the first half, bettering its 31 percent from its first two games. The Tigers also hit 7 of 12 from 3-point range and outrebounded Nicholls State 41-25.

Fred Hunter scored 22 points and T.J. Carpenter added 14 for Nicholls State (0-2), which has dropped both its games this season to Southeastern Conference teams. The Colonels lost to Vanderbilt on Saturday in their opener, 80-65. Nicholls State led by four points with less than nine minutes remaining in that game.

Missouri jumped out to its largest lead of the game - 54-32 - on Phil Pressey's 3-pointer with 13:46 remaining. The Tigers used an 11-1 run over a 3 1/2-minute stretch near the end of the first half that made the score 25-14, but a 9-2 Colonels run followed to narrow the gap, and Missouri led 32-25 at the break.

Nicholls State took advantage of eight Missouri turnovers in the first half, scoring nine points off the miscues. But the Colonels turned it over 10 times in the second, and Missouri converted them into 17 points.

Oriakhi shot only 4 of 10, continuing his struggles from the field, but still raised his season field goal percentage to 37.5 percent. He did most of his damage at the free throw line, where he went 9 of 10. He also became the first Missouri player to pull down 10 or more rebounds in his first three games since Malcolm Thomas did so in 1983-84.

Michael Dixon again participated in the pregame shootaround but remained on the bench for the game, suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Missouri coach Frank Haith has said he would let reporters know what the infraction was only when the suspension is lifted.

Nicholls State fell to 3-18 on the road against non-Southland Conference opponents since the 2009-10 season, and 0-2 in the last two seasons against ranked teams. The Colonels take on independent New Orleans on Nov. 26 before heading to No. 21 Michigan State on Dec. 1 for their only current ranked opponent remaining on the schedule.

Missouri won its 68th consecutive game at home against non-conference opponents, dating to the 2005-06 opener against Sam Houston State. The Tigers won their only previous matchup with Nicholls State, 66-57 on Dec. 1, 1998, in Columbia.

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Orioles make home run history Tuesday night in more ways than one

Orioles make home run history Tuesday night in more ways than one

The Orioles pitching staff has struggled with the long ball all season long, and it culminated in a couple of historic moments at the ballpark.

First, it was Gary Sanchez joining his teammate Gleyber Torres in torturing Orioles pitchers this season, launching his eighth home run of the year against the O’s alone. 

Torres reached that mark earlier in the series, making them the first pair to reach eight home runs in the same season against the Orioles since Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. 

Anytime you’re the first to do something since literally Ruth and Gehrig, two of the greatest home run hitters in the history of the sport, you’re clearly doing something right (or wrong, if you’re an Orioles fan).

What’s especially concerning for the Orioles is how quickly Torres and Sanchez reached this mark, needing less than two months to accomplish what no one else had in an entire season for the last 88 years.

The other piece of history made also came with shocking speed in 2019.

In April, the Orioles became the first franchise to allow at least 50 home runs before May 1. The unfortunate thing for them is they reached the mark with a week and a half to spare.

That trend has continued into May, and the pitching staff now has another claim to fame.

In the sixth inning, the Yankees crushed their third bomb of the evening, bringing the Orioles home runs allowed total to 100 on the season. Per ESPN, the previous fastest team to allow that many was the 2000 Royals, who needed 57 games to make history.

The Orioles did it in just 48. They aren’t just setting records; they’re obliterating them.

With the way the season has gone so far, it’s not hard to imagine the Orioles setting a few more benchmarks for futility in 2019.

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Juan Soto isn't a HR hitter, the Mets broadcast said. Then he immediately went upper deck

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Juan Soto isn't a HR hitter, the Mets broadcast said. Then he immediately went upper deck

Juan Soto did something Tuesday night at Citi Field that made the whole broadcaster's jinx theory come to life. 

During Soto's 2nd inning at-bat, former MLB first baseman, five-time All-Star, 1979 co-NL MVP, two-time World Series champion, and current Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez went out on a limb to describe the 20-year-old phenom. 

He is not a home run hitter even though he had nice power here last year.

So, in a rather timely fashion, the lefty launched a moonshot, 410-foot solo home run to right field for Washington's first run of the game. 

In fairness, Hernandez was just trying to explain that Soto isn't a home run hitter because of the type of swing he demonstrates, one that typically produces more line drives than long-balls. 

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