Jan. 26, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Jabari Brown scored a game-high 21 points to lead a big day from long distance for the 22nd-ranked Missouri Tigers, and center Alex Oriakhi cleaned up inside the paint with 18 points and 12 rebounds as Mizzou (15-4 overall, 4-2 in Southeastern Conference play), coasted to an 81-59 win Saturday over Vanderbilt (8-10, 2-4) at Mizzou Arena.
Brown, who came into the contest ranked second in the Southeastern Conference with an average of 3.2 three-point field goals per game, sank four treys on the day. The Tigers shot a solid 11-of-21 from long range overall (52.4%), one game after the Tigers made only 5-of-27 from beyond the arc on Wednesday against South Carolina. Brown's trey at the 14:51 mark of the first half started a 13-0 Mizzou scoring run that turned an 11-8 Vanderbilt lead into a 21-11 Tiger advantage. Oriakhi had a bucket during the run, while guard Keion Bell, back in the lineup after missing Wednesday with an ankle injury, had consecutive steals and fast-break layins as well.
After a Rod Odom jumper for Vanderbilt with 9:35 left in the half made it 21-13, Mizzou blew the game open with a 19-0 run over the next 5:03 to grow the Tiger advantage to 40-13. The stretch was capped by an Earnest Ross three-pointer- the second by Ross in that stretch, to go with a three each in the same run by Brown and guard Phil Pressey.
The Tigers made 8-of-15 from three-point range in the first half, and that scorching shooting touch even rubbed off on MU student Andrew Turpin, who nailed a halfcourt promotional shot at halftime to win $5,000.
Mizzou enjoyed a dominant day on the boards, as the Tigers held a 24-7 rebounding edge at halftime, on the way to a 40-18 advantage overall. Oriakhi was the central figure inside once again for the Tigers, as the big man made 7-of-9 shots, grabbed six rebounds on both the offensive and defensive ends, and blocked one shot in 30 minutes of play.
The second half saw Vanderbilt close no closer than 17 points the rest of the way, as Mizzou shot a solid 54.9% from the floor (28-of-51 FGs) on the day. Brown and Oriakhi led four Tigers in double figures, and they were joined by Bell and Pressey, who each contributed 12 points in support. Pressey ended with six assists, while forward Tony Criswell added four assists to go with four points and four rebounds.
Mizzou Head Coach Frank Haith improved to 27-1 at Mizzou Arena. His Tigers take to the road next for a Wednesday night game at LSU (7 p.m. central, televised on the SEC Network).