The Missouri Tigers (15-4, 3-3 SEC) bounced back nicely at home by handing the South Carolina Gamecocks their sixth loss in a row with a final score of 82-74.
MIZZOU: Jabari Brown- 24 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists
SOUTH CAROLINA: Brent Williams- 32 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 3 steals
In the first half, South Carolina struggled mightily, only shooting 25.9 percent from the field, and knocking down just seven shots. Mizzou finally had a presence in the post, where they out scored the Gamecocks 34-16. Missouri led the entire contest, shooting 54 percent and combined for a season-best 18 assists.
Jabari Brown continued to show why he’s the SEC’s leading scorer (20 points per game) with his 24 points, and career high 6 assists. Brown has been on a terror, especially from the 3-point line, where he went 4 for 6 shooting yesterday, and he’s gone 16 for 24 in the last four games.
Jordan Clarkson added 22 points along with Earnest Ross’s 14 and once again, Missouri’s trio contributed just like they have in every game. Clarkson and Brown have scored in double figures in every game this season.
Missouri cruised in the first half, shooting 50 percent and taking a comfortable lead of 38-22 at the break. South Carolina cut the gap to 11 points early in the second half before Missouri answered with eight straight points, including 3-pointers by Clarkson and Brown in a 53-second span.
South Carolina was able to cut the deficit to 6 with 1:18 left but couldn’t finish it off, moving them to 7-12 on the season and 0-6 in the conference. Brent Williams lead the entire game with his career bests of 7 made threes and his 32 points for South Carolina. The Gamecocks are now 0-7 on the road and their head coach, Frank Martin, is just 1-6 against the Tigers at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri travels to take on their old head coach, Mike Anderson, and his Arkansas Razorbacks (13-6, 2-4 SEC) this Tuesday night on ESPNU.