Nov. 12, 2013
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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Following an impressive second half effort, Mizzou Men's Basketball pulled away from Southern Illinois for a 72-59 victory on Tuesday evening (Nov. 12). With the win, the Tigers improve to 2-0 on the season. Junior guard Jordan Clarkson led Mizzou in the win, scoring a career-high 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting with five assists and no turnovers. He led a Mizzou offense that rebounded from a rough first half to shoot 54.2-percent from the field in the second half. Clarkson scored 19 of his 31 points after the break as he helped the Tigers pull away for the victory.
The win is Mizzou's 75th consecutive win over non-conference opponents and the 20th in-a-row at home for the Tigers. Aside from Clarkson, Mizzou got 17 points from junior guard Jabari Brown and 11 from senior Earnest Ross. Mizzou outscored the Salukis 37-25 in the second half.
After struggling to contain Saluki senior standout Desmar Jackson, who had 10 first half points, the Tigers rallied back to take a 35-34 lead at halftime on a last-second layup by Clarkson. Although neither team got into a dominant offensive groove, both played timely defense and capitalized on the opposing team's mistakes throughout the half.
Mizzou came out strong in the second half, hitting four of its first five baskets and extending its lead to eight points at 48-40, which at the time matched its largest lead of the game. Southern Illinois fought back and hung tight until the six-minute mark when the Tigers offense became too much for the Salukis to handle. The Tigers lead by 18 with just over two minutes to play and held on for the victory.
Clarkson was a critical factor for the Tigers in their second half surge. The junior posted a career-high 31 points and also reset his career-high with 12 field goals, doing so on 66.6-percent shooting. The San Antonio native hit his previous career high of 23 points and nine field goals made as a sophomore at Tulsa. Clarkson scored the majority of his points by dominating the Salukis in the paint and is the first Tiger to score 30 or more points since in 2011. Clarkson went 12-of-18 while the rest of the team went 12-of-35 as he was instrumental in the win.
Brown was a reliable source of energy on the floor. The junior was second in scoring with 17 points, nine of which came from beyond the arc, while collecting seven boards. Ross contributed 11 points and six rebounds in the Tiger win.
Ryan Rosburg earned his second career start and the second in as many games for the Tigers this season. The sophomore posted a career-high nine rebounds to help lead the Tigers to victory.
Freshman Jonathan Williams III was the top bench producer for Mizzou. The Memphis native posted six points and four rebounds in his 26 minutes on the floor.
As a team, the Tigers shot 45.3 percent from the floor and forced 14 Saluki turnovers. The Tigers also shot 38.9 percent from three-point territory.
Next up for Mizzou is a road trip to Kansas City, Mo., Saturday (Nov. 16) to take on Hawaii. It will be the first time the Tigers play in Kansas City since winning the Big 12 tournament title there in 2012. The game will be played at the Sprint Center with tipoff scheduled for 6 p.m. For more information about Mizzou Men's Basketball, follow mutigers.com and @MizzouHoops.