Jabari Brown scored 21 points, Alex Oriakhi tied a career high with 18 and picked up his third SEC double-double by adding 12 rebounds, as the No. 22 Missouri Tigers blew out Vanderbilt 81-59 on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.
The Tigers used a 32-2 run during a near 12 minute span in the first half to open up a 49-20 halftime lead. Keion Bell, who returned from an ankle injury, had three steals on the night to jump start the offense with an outstanding game defensively. Bell was one of four Tigers to finish in double figures, scoring 12. Phil Pressey added 12 with six assists.
Mizzou made a conscious effort to get the ball inside, outscoring Vandy 32-24 in the paint, but the Tigers were also hot from the outside, finishing 11 of 21 on three pointers. The Tigers also held a huge advantage on the boards, outrebounding the Commodores 40-18.
Vandy scored eight straight points to start the second half, but could never get closer than 15 points as Vandy shot just 44% for the game compared to 55% for Mizzou.
Mizzou postgame with Bell, Oriakhi and head coach Frank Haith.
Mizzou postgame (11:00)