Missouri Defeats South Carolina 82-74

On Saturday, the Missouri Tigers (15-4, 3-3) defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks (7-12, 0-6) by the final score of 82-74.

On Saturday, the Missouri Tigers (15-4, 3-3) defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks (7-12, 0-6) by the final score of 82-74.

Missouri never trailed, and the Tigers led by double digits throughout most of the 2nd half, as Jabari Brown scored 24 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-PT range, and handed out 6 assists, and Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

Missouri played good defense in the 1st half, but the Tigers left their defensive intensity in the locker room at the half. On the game, Missouri shot 54% from the field, and held South Carolina to 39% from the field.

The Tigers finished with a season-high 18 assists on 26 made baskets.

"That was good to see," said Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith, talking about how his team shared the basketball following their third conference win of the season. "We've got to continue to grow in that area. But I was really encouraged and pleased with how we really went out there trying to share that basketball today."

As the game got underway, Missouri quickly grabbed an 11-0 lead, with 16:22 remaining in the 1st half, when Johnathan Williams III found Jabari Brown for a wide-open 3-PT shot.

Missouri was able to get stops on the defensive end, including 3 blocked shots and 1 steal in the first 20 minutes. And, the Tigers got out in transition for several easy buckets.

Missouri took a 38-22 lead into the locker room at the half.

In the 1st half, Missouri held South Carolina to just 26% from the field, while the Tigers shot 50% from the field in the 1st half. It was no coincidence that Missouri shot as well in the 1st half, as the Tigers went to the half-time locker room with 10 assists on 13 made baskets, and because of their defensive intensity, Mizzou was able to convert some easy bucket in transition.

To open the 2nd half, South Carolina quickly cut Missouri's lead to 42-31, but a 3-PT shot by Jabari Brown with 16:02 remaining put Missouri ahead 48-31, and South Carolina Head Coach Frank Martin called a time out. Missouri led by double digits until the game was under 2 minutes, when Coach Martin's squad managed to shrink the Tigers' lead to 6 points. But freshman Wes Clark stepped to the line and hit a pair of FTs to push Missouri's lead back to 8, and to secure the win for Ol' Mizzou.

The Gamecocks' Brenton Williams scored 32 points, including 21 points on 7 made three-pointers to keep South Carolina from getting blown out, as he took advantage of Missouri's lackadaisical defense in the 2nd half.

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