Junior guard Jordan Clarkson scored 31 points for the Tigers on 12-18 shooting, to advance Mizzou's home court winning streak to 20. Clarkson also handed out 5 assists, against no turnovers, and came up with a pair of steals.
The Salukis couldn't keep Clarkson from getting to the basket.
Southern Illinois was led in scoring with 17 points from Desmar Jackson.
Wes Clark was in foul trouble throughout the closely-called contest, and played just 12 minutes on the night. Fellow freshman, Johnathan Williams III, was also in foul trouble early, but he managed to play 26 minutes, and scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds for the Tigers.
Missouri received a big boost from Ryan Rosburg, who played his best game yet, and finished with 9 rebounds.
Missouri took a 35-34 lead into the halftime locker room, as the Salukis shot 6-14 from behind the 3-PT line in the first half. But in the second half, Southern Illinois was 0-for-6 from behind the arc, as the Tigers opened up a double-digit lead midway through the second half, and pushed their lead out to 18 with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game. + Moderation History.
Coach Fuller relied primarily on a 6-man rotation, with Wes Clark coming off the bench. But with Clark picking up a pair of quick fouls, and then getting his third and fourth fouls quickly in the second half, he spent most of the game on the bench.
Jones, Jankovic, and Post each played a few minutes. But for most of the game, Coach Fuller went with his starting five, and played some with a 4-guard line-up.
Maybe he'll develop into a basketball player during his time at Missouri, but Keanau Post is just a huge disappointment thus far. He doesn't appear to know how to play the game. He's not devoid of ability, but he's mostly a spectator when he's on the court. It appears that the game is too fast for him, or beyond his comprehension.
Jankovic isn't much better. He can shoot the three, but everybody knows that, so he doesn't get many good looks, not enough to make up for the points he gives up on the defensive end. I've yet to see a college basketball player that Jankovic can guard. Of the three, Torren Jones might be the most help this season, although he's got a long way to go, as well.
It's a good thing for Missouri that Clarkson was getting to the basket. Ross was 2-of-10 from the field, as he regressed into the player that we typically saw a year ago. And Brown shot just 5-of-14 from the field, although he wasn't guilty of taking a bunch of bad shots, as was Ross. Brown just wasn't hitting.
If Coach Fuller limits himself to the 6-man rotation of Clarkson, Brown, Ross, J3, Clark, and Rosburg, the Tigers can be competitive with most college basketball teams. Maybe Criswell will be able to help out, as well, if he can get back on the court?
Clarkson played at a very high level on Tuesday, so if he plays like that, Missouri will be a tough out for a lot of teams.
Post Game Quotes
Mizzou Interim Head Coach Tim Fuller On the win... "Obviously Coach Hinson had his team well prepared tonight. They showed us that in the first half. We told our guys that this would be a test and a challenge for us. They came out and they only made two 3s in their last two games, but they made six in the first half. We told them that may happen. We have some soft rims here at Mizzou Arena. All-in-all I think our guys came out and fought hard. I told Mr. Alden when we came off the floor that this was a recruited win. Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown took over the second half to victory." On the production from the post players... "I look at our five and four positions and there are 40 minutes available. Several guys are going to rotate into those positions. Everybody got reps in the first half and then we see how comfortable they feel. In the second half we had to go with guys that were going to be tough and physical and help us pull out a win." On Ryan Rosburg's role so far... "I think some guys are scorers and other guys have different roles. I don't know if Ryan is (a scorer) yet. He'll get his buckets from drop-off dunks or drop-stepping in the paint. We don't have a post player that we're going to ask to score 20 and 10. We're asking that effort from all three guys, rather than just one guy." Ryan accepting that role of not scoring as much... "That's the key; to have guys on the floor that want to win. Ryan wants to win. He has a desire. He paid his dues last year. I challenge him every day because I watched against Alex Oriakhi (last season). They battled for those lose balls and rebounds. I told him at halftime: I know you're better than what you gave us in the first half. I've seen you do it. I made him look up at his teammates and say that they need you. And he came out and preformed." On Saturday's Hawaii game in Kansas City... "They are a quality ball club with big men that can go 20 (points) and 10 (rebounds). They can score basket to basket. They press and run. "
On preparing the team for the game... "It was a little easier (this time). Obviously, I knew Coach Hinson's ball club was going to give us a quality test and I just wanted to make sure our guys were ready to play. I think we did a good job as a staff. "
Mizzou Player Quotes vs. Southern Illinois Junior Guard, Jordan Clarkson
On getting into the lane against SIU… “Coach Fuller just tells us to attack the paint. So, I think we did a good job of that tonight and having a deadly shooter (Jabari Brown) coming off the drives tonight, they have to pick either one. It is kind of fire and ice. So, you are either going to let us knock down the layup or let Jabari [Brown] hit the three. I feel like we did a good job exploiting that and took advantage of it.” On the excitement of a career night after sitting out last season… “It was really exciting, especially with this guy (Coach Fuller) pulling the reins. This guy was with me every day in the gym. It didn’t matter if it was five in the morning, six, or seven. He was always working with me. It always means a lot to have a game like that.” On whether he had the green light throughout the game… “Really, it is like that for everybody. If you are in rhythm and you have the shot, you take it. If you feel like you have the man or the lane, you drive it. So, that is a big emphasis we put on our perimeter players this year, was driving the basketball and attacking. I feel like we are going to do that.”