BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Once Missouri started moving, the Buckets started falling for Demarre Carroll and the rest of the Tigers.
Carroll, the coach's nephew, scored all but two of his 13 points in the second half Friday to help Missouri pull away from Cornell for a 78-59 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Leo Lyons finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers (29-6), who returned to the tournament for the first time in six years and will face Marquette in the second round Sunday.
Ryan Wittman led the Ivy League champions with 18 points and Cornell (21-10) hung around in this game for a half, trailing by only four. But Mizzou's talent took over after the break, as the Tigers opened the lead to double digits and coasted in.
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