December 20, 2014

Strong defense leads Mizzou past Bama (AUDIO)

Jabari Brown scores two of his game high 24 points.  (Photo, Mizzou athletics)

Jabari Brown scores two of his game high 24 points. (Photo, Mizzou athletics)

Jabari Brown tied a career high with 24 points and Johnathan Williams III grabbed 14 rebounds as the Missouri men’s basketball team beat Alabama 68-47 on Saturday. Mizzou held Bama to just 17 points in the second half.  After a close first half, with the Tigers leading 31-30, they shut down Alabama outscoring the Tide 22-9 over the first 11 minutes of the 2nd half. Mizzou held Alabama to just 29% shooting for the game.

Shannon Hale scored 12 points and Retin Obasohan added 11 points for Alabama who is winless on the road. Their star player, Trevor Releford was held to just 10 points on 4 of 16 shooting while fouling out.

Frank Haith said the defense made sure they had “six eyes on Relaford,” the whole game. He entered the game averaging 18.8 points per game.

AUDIO Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Frank Haith postgame (10:00)

Missouri shot 43% for the game, including 52% in the first half as a concentrated effort was made to get the ball inside. After hitting just 6 of 23 three-pointers in the loss to Vandy, Mizzou attempted just 10 long distance shots this afternoon. By getting inside, the Tigers also took advantage at the line, hitting 25 of 34 free throws.

Missouri plays on the road Tuesday evening at LSU. Tip-off set for 6 p.m. CT.