Jan. 26, 2013
Missouri Basketball Notes
Mizzou vs. Vanderbilt - Jan. 26, 2013
Missouri and Vanderbilt met for the third time in the last four seasons on the hardwood and for the sixth time in series history. The series is now tied 3-3 overall after today's Tiger win and Mizzou has won two consecutive in the series, including an 85-82 overtime win in Columbia during the 2010-11 campaign.
A sellout crowd of 15,061 saw today's game, the largest of the year.
Mizzou's defense held Vanderbilt to 59 points. No team has topped 70 in a game at Mizzou Arena this season.
Missouri improved to a perfect 12-0 at home this year. The Tigers join Florida and Ole Miss as the lone unbeaten teams at home this season in the Southeastern Conference.
The Tigers have now won 13 consecutive games at Mizzou Arena dating back to last season, including four straight SEC contests in the building.
Missouri improved to 78-4 (.951) at Mizzou Arena since the 2008-09 season and Haith is now 27-1 (.964) in the facility. Mizzou is also now 29-11 in the month of January since the 2008-09 season.
The win was Missouri's 122nd over the last five seasons, the second-most in school history in a five-year stretch. The winningest five-year period in program history was from 2007-11, 123 wins.
Missouri hit a season high eight first-half treys and finished with 11 for the game. The previous best in the first half was six in the win over Alabama. Missouri also made 11 in the game, the second highest total of the year (12 at UCLA).
Missouri regained the services of Keion Bell for today's game. Bell was the third Tiger in the last month to miss time due to injury, joining Laurence Bowers and Tony Criswell. He did not play in Tuesday's win against South Carolina. Bell made his 13th start of the year this year. Bell also hit a triple, his fourth of the year and first since the win over Appalachian State on Dec. 1.
Missouri was dominant in the first half, racing to a 49-20 lead. Alex Oriakhi scored 11 first half points, his most in the opening stanza as a Tiger. He scored 10 earlier this season in the win over Nicholls State.
Oriakhi finished the game with 18 points, equaling his career high. This week Big Al averaged 18.0 points and 11.5 rebounds, recording back-to-back double-doubles in wins over Vanderbilt and South Carolina. He leads the club with seven double-doubles this season.
Oriakhi has been magnificent during his last seven home games, hitting 35-of-44 field goals (.795), while averaging 14.0 points and 9.9 rebounds with four double-doubles.
Alex Oriakhi had his free throw streak snapped. Oriakhi had made 15 consecutive charity shots before a second-half miss. The run dated back to last weekend's game vs. Florida.
Jabari Brown also enjoyed a first-half best, dropping in 13 points on 3-of-5 treys. Brown's previous best was 11 in the Bud Light Braggin' Rights win over Illinois. Brown is currently second in the SEC in three-point makes per game (3.3).
Brown finished the game with 21 points, his second highest scoring day of the season. Brown dropped in 22 vs. Alabama in the SEC opener.
Missouri built its huge lead with a 38-4 run. Vandy led 9-6 with 15:57 left before the game-changing run.
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