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Jan. 18, 2014

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Mizzou vs. Alabama - Jan. 18, 2014 - Mizzou Arena

• The Missouri Tigers improved to 14-3 overall and 2-2 in Southeastern Conference play today with a 68-47 win over the visiting Alabama Crimson Tide (8-8, 2-2). The Tigers broke open a tight game by scoring 10 of the first 12 points in the second half, to turn a 31-30 halftime lead into a 41-32 advantage with 16:02 to play. Later, a 7-0 Tiger run pushed the lead to 48-34 with 11:57 left, and Mizzou would extend the lead to as much as 21 later in the half on the way to the win, before a season-high crowd of 11,003 at Mizzou Arena...

• The 47 points allowed by Mizzou marked a season low for Tiger opponents, with the previous low a 53-point outing by Southeastern Louisiana in the season opener on Nov. 8th. Mizzou held Alabama to just 29.2% shooting on the day (14-of-48 FGs / 5-of-20 3-pt. FGs) - also a season-low for an opponent. `Bama was just 4-of-23 from the floor (17.4%) in the second half as the Tigers pulled away. The Tigers held Alabama's top scorer Trevor Releford to just 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting (1-of-6 3-pt. FGs). Releford came into the game averaging 18.9 points per game, and was coming off a 28-point performance last time out against Mississippi State...

• Mizzou took care of the ball well Saturday, as they turned the ball over just seven times against an aggressive `Bama defense that was fifth in the SEC coming into today in turnover margin (+2.0 coming in)...

• On offense, Mizzou worked hard to get in the paint, as evidenced by its big advantage at the foul line. The Tigers hit 25-of-34 free throws Saturday (73.5%), outscoring Alabama by 11 from the charity stripe as the Crimson Tide hit 14-of-22 freebies in the game. Additionally, the Tigers shot a season-low 10 three-pointers, making three (all by Jabari Brown) in the first half...

• Junior G Jabari Brown led all scorers with a career-high tying 24 points, on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Brown opened fast, as he scored 12 of MU's first 19 points of the game, and he started a perfect 3-of-3 from three-point range and 3-of-3 from the foul line. The 20-point outing was the second consecutive for Brown (he had 22 at Vandy) and the seventh of his season...

• Freshman F Johnathan Williams III had a productive day as he tallied nine points and a game-high 14 rebounds. The double-figure rebound day was the fourth of the season for Williams III, and his first since a 15-board outing against UCLA on Dec. 7th. Williams III hit a tough shot in traffic in the lane with 52 seconds left in the first half to give the Tigers the 31-30 halftime lead...

• Junior G Jordan Clarkson finished with 16 points, and he was joined in double figures by senior G Earnest Ross, who added 12. Clarkson got 12 of his points after halftime, as he was limited to just eight minutes and four points in the first half due to a pair of fouls. Clarkson quickly matched his first-half scoring total in the opening minute of play after halftime, when he hit a pair of free throws eight seconds into the half, and followed with a driving layup at the 19:08 mark to give MU a 35-30 lead at the time. Clarkson ended the game with five steals, as the Tigers had nine as a team, while committing just seven turnovers on the day...

• Mizzou improved to 42-2 at home under Head Coach Frank Haith, who is now 62-19 in his third year at MU (191-120 overall in his ninth year). The Tigers got back in the winner's circle following a 78-75 loss at Vanderbilt on Thursday, and today's win improved MU to 17-2 under Haith coming off a defeat...

• Mizzou employed the same starting five it has gone with all season, as Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown, Earnest Ross, Johnathan Williams III and Andy Rosburg were out for the opening tip. Freshman forward Torren Jones was the first sub off the bench for Head Coach Frank Haith, when he replaced Rosburg at the 17:15 mark...

• Mizzou got out to a quick 7-0 lead to start the day, buoyed by a Jabari Brown three-pointer at the 19:39 mark for a 3-0 lead. Alabama countered with six unanswered points and the score stood 9-8 in Mizzou's favor at the first TV timeout (15:22 mark)...