Dec. 5, 2013
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This was the first matchup between Missouri and West Virginia in the regular season. The two previous meetings between the Tigers and the Mountaineers came in NCAA tournament play in 1992 and 2010. With the win, Missouri is 2-1 in the series.
With this win, the Tigers begin the season 8-0 for the third time since 2006-07. The Tigers opened the 2011-12 season with a 14-0 record and the 2006-07 season with a 9-0 record.
Non-conference opponents continue to struggle at Mizzou Arena, as this win is Mizzou's 78th non-conference victory at home.
Mizzou is ranked No. 1 nationally with the most consecutive wins at home. This win makes it 23 in-a-row for the Tigers and it is their longest home winning streak since they won 32 straight spanning the 2007-10 seasons.
Frank Haith is now 2-0 against the West Virginia Mountaineers in his career.
Bob Huggins took his first career loss against Missouri, as he entered the contest with a 3-0 mark. Huggins is still tied with former Missouri head coach Norm Stewart with 729 career wins.
Clarkson and Earnest Ross continue to inch towards 1,000 career points. Ross entered the game needing 58 points and, after his 16 points today, he needs just 42. Clarkson needed just 43 before tonight and with his 25 points tonight, he now needs just 18 to reach the career milestone.
With 25 points, Clarkson now has four consecutive 20-point games. The last Tiger to record four straight 20-point outings was Thomas Gardner in 2005-06
Mizzou held West Virginia scoreless in the first half until 14:48. That is the longest a Mizzou opponent has gone scoreless in a game this season.
Mizzou held West Virginia to a season-low single-half field goal percentage of 28 percent (8-29) in the first. Entering the game, West Virginia's previous low was 35 percent (12-34) in a loss to Virginia Tech on Nov. 12
Wes Clark dished out five assists tying his career-high for the third time this season.
With ten rebounds tonight, Tony Criswell reached a new season-high.
The trio of Clarkson, Ross and Jabari Brown scored 59 combined points tonight of the team's 80.
Clarkson recorded a season-high three steals. His previous season-high was two steals twice against Hawaii and Gardner-Webb.