Jan. 25, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Junior guard Jabari Brown finished with 24 points, as he has scored at least 20 points in four consecutive games, as Missouri (15-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) bounced back Saturday afternoon (Jan. 25) with a 82-74 win over South Carolina. The Tigers haven’t lost back-to-back games this season as they are now 17-2 all-time after a defeat under Frank Haith.
Jordan Clarkson heated up in second half, scoring 15 of his 22 points in the final 20 minutes. Clarkson and Brown have now reached double figures in all 19 games this season. Earnest Ross scored 14 points and Johnathan Williams III hustled on both ends of the floor, scoring eight points and grabbing a team-high four offensive rebounds.
After jumping out to an 11-0 lead to start the game, the Tigers continued to pressure the Gamecocks, not allowing them to get many open looks. South Carolina didn’t make a field goal until the 13:49 mark in the first half and went into the halftime break shooting 25.9 percent.
Ryan Rosburg’s energy played an integral role early on, as the big man scored six points, grabbed four boards, rejected two shots and drew an offensive foul during the first 20 minutes.
South Carolina’s 3-point shooting, though, kept them in the game with Brenton Williams leading the way. The 5-11 senior finished with a season-high 32 points and shot 7-for-14 from deep. Michael Carrera had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
After a four-point play from Carrera early in the second half, the Gamecocks cut the deficit to 42-31. Clarkson and Brown responded by each hitting a 3-pointer to extend the Tigers’ lead. Brown has made at least three 3-pointers in 11 of 19 games this season.
South Carolina trailed by double-digits for the entire second half until heating up in the final few minutes. The Tigers made enough free throws to close out the game.
Missouri shot 59 percent overall, including 8-for-17 (47.1 percent) from the 3-point line.
The Tigers pounded the ball down low and pushed it up court as well, having a 34-16 advantage in the paint and 12-4 advantage in fast break points. They used timely runs and defensive stops to keep the Gamecocks at bay and to never really allow them to be a threat in this game.
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