Missouri knocks off UCLA in battle of unbeatens

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Updated: December 7, 2013

Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) – Jabari Brown led four Missouri players in
double figures with 22 points and the Tigers extended their home dominance
with an 80-71 win over the 18th-ranked UCLA Bruins.

Jordan Clarkson posted his fifth consecutive 20-point game, finishing with 21
in the Tigers’ (9-0) 24th straight victory at Mizzou Arena, the longest home
winning streak in the nation.

Earnest Ross scored 20 points on 5-of-11 3-point shooting for Missouri, which
overcame an eight-point halftime deficit.

Jordan Adams had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Bruins (8-1), who were off
to their best start since beginning 14-0 in 2006-07.

Two Adams free throws gave UCLA a 49-39 lead early in the second half, but the
Tigers rallied and went up 51-50 on Ross’ trey with 14:47 remaining. The teams
then went back-and-forth, resulting in the game’s seventh tie at 60-all near
the 10-minute mark.

Missouri then went on a 14-4 run over the next eight-plus minutes, and Brown
later sank two free throws to put the Tigers up 74-64 with 1:43 to play. UCLA
got no closer than seven points down the stretch.

The opening eight-plus minutes were tightly contested, with Missouri leading
17-16 on a Tony Criswell layup.

UCLA then went on a 14-0 run before the Tigers countered with an 11-0 burst. A
windmill slam by Zach LaVine then capped an 8-0 UCLA surge and put the
visitors ahead 38-28 with 2:41 left in the opening half. Brown drilled a 3-
pointer prior to the break to trim the Tigers’ deficit to 43-35.

Game Notes

The win was the Tigers’ 79th in a row at home against a non-conference
opponent … The last Missouri player to record five straight 20-point games
was Thomas Gardner during the 2005-06 season … Johnathan Williams had a
double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds for Missouri … The Bruins still
lead the all-time series, 6-2 … LaVine and Kyle Anderson both had 13 points
for the Bruins.