Feb 19, 2014; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Earnest Ross (33) shoots a three point basket over Vanderbilt Commodores forward Rod Odom (0) during the second half at Mizzou Arena. The Missouri Tigers defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 67-64. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

The Postgame: Missouri Tigers Hold Off The Vanderbilt Commodores, 67-64

The Missouri Tigers have extended their win streak to three in-a-row with a close victory over Vanderbilt at home, 67-64. Missouri has now completed their three-game home stand in which they’ve won all three and propelled themselves even closer to an NCAA Tournament bid. The Tigers are now tied for fourth place in the SEC.

LEADING SCORERS:

MISSOURI: Jordan Clarkson- 21 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl

VANDERBILT: Damian Jones- 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

THE STORY:

Once again, Missouri holds on to win a nail biter against a conference foe. After shooting a season low 33 percent in the first half, the Tigers steadily found their scoring groove in the second, riding the tails of Jordan Clarkson.

Clarkson scored nine points in the final six minutes of the game, which helped lead the Tigers on a 13-2 run and give them a 61-53 lead down the stretch. Vanderbilt would not go away and freshman center, Damian Jones kept the commodores alive. Jones scored 19 points along with his 7 rebounds to lead all Vandy players.

Both teams really struggled in the first half, with Missouri going on a seven minute scoring drought, and Vanderbilt went scoreless for almost five minutes as well. Vanderbilt had the lead at the half 21-20, giving a season low in first half points for the Tigers.

If you would’ve told me that Jabari Brown was only going to score 9 points on 3 of 11 shooting and the Tigers will win, I would’ve called you crazy. Brown was averaging 23.9 ppg in his last ten, but struggled to get anything going against Vandy at home. Luckily, Earnest Ross has shown up the last few games. Ross scored 16 points, helping to bring a presence in the post that the Tigers have been lacking up until the last few games.

Missouri is now tied with LSU for fourth in the SEC with both squads sporting a record of 7-6 in conference play. The Tigers are now just one game out of third and are in control of their own destiny as they edge closer to a tournament bid. Mizzou has played well these last three games, lets see how it carries over as they begin the final stretch of the regular season.

WHO”S NEXT:

Missouri travels to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide, this Saturday, February 22nd at 7 PM CDT on ESPN 2.

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