Feb. 19, 2014
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Mizzou Basketball Game Notes
Mizzou and Vanderbilt once again battled to the wire as the Tigers evened the overall series, 4-4 and pushed the season mark to 1-1. The Tigers and Commodores played another tight contest with tonight’s game being the fourth in the last five tries decided by six points or less.
Jordan Clarkson led the way for the Tigers scoring 21 points to go with five boards and five assists. It was Clarkson’s 14th 20-point game of the season, tying him with Jabari Brown for the team lead. Clarkson was a perfect 11-of-11 from the foul line in the win. Since Missouri's win over South Carolina Clarkson is an outstanding 41-of-46 at the charity stripe.
Torren Jones played a career high 18 minutes and contributed four points, four boards, a career high three steals and an impressive assist in a post pass. Jones has topped double figures in minutes in three of his last five games, and is averaging 16.0 minutes over his last two outings.
Tiger freshmen Wes Clark, Johnathan Williams and Jones came through in a big way on Wednesday, combining for 18 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, three blocks and three steals. Williams also hit his second trey of the year.
Williams blocked all three of those shots and has 38 total rejections on the year, No. 2 in school history for a freshman. Arthur Johnson owns Mizzou’s freshman mark with 65 swats.
It took a last-minute free throw, but Jabari Brown’s 10 total points tonight improved his impressive streak of double-digit scoring games to 27 consecutive. The Oakland, Calif., native has exceeded 10-plus points in all 26 games this season for Missouri. Brown and Saturday’s opponent, Trevor Releford of Alabama, lead the SEC with consecutive games in double figures.
Despite a tough shooting night Brown dished three assists and has multiple dimes in five of his last six games. Over that six-game stretch Brown’s assist/turnover ratio is 16-to-7.
Earnest Ross’ 16 points marked the 22nd time in 26 games that the senior has scored double-digits for the Tigers this season. Ross hit 4-of-8 shots from three to reach 16 tallies.
The three-point victory for the Tigers was the 18th time in their last 19 games that the final score was decided by 10 points or less. The close margin of victory also marked the fourth time in the last five games that a game has been decided by six points or less.