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|Missouri 80, West Virginia 71
|TCU 71, Mississippi State 61
|Vanderbilt 69, Marshall 67
|Kansas State 61, Ole Miss 58
Missouri Downs West Virginia in Big 12/SEC Challenge, 80-71
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown combined for 43 points to lead Missouri past West Virginia 80-71 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Thursday night.
Clarkson scored 25 and Brown added 18 as the Tigers held the Mountaineers to 41.5 percent shooting from the field, including 4-of-19 from behind the arc.
Tonight's 25 point performance gives Clarkson his fourth straight 20-point game.
Missouri (8-0) held West Virginia (6-3) scoreless in the first half until 14:48. That is the longest a Mizzou opponent has gone scoreless in a game this season.
Mizzou leads the nation with 23 consecutive wins at home. Tonight's win marks the Tigers' longest home winning streak since they won 32 straight spanning the 2007-10 seasons.
Up next, the Tigers will host No. 17 UCLA on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. CT. The game will be nationally televised by CBS.
MSU Men's Basketball Falls in Big 12/SEC Challenge
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A late rally fell short as the Mississippi State men’s basketball team dropped a 71-61 decision to TCU in the Big 12/SEC Challenge Thursday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
MSU (5-2) only managed two two-point leads early in the game. TCU (5-3) took advantage of the early offensive struggles to build a comfortable lead.
“Everybody is wrapped up in our offense, coaching staff, players, fans,” MSU head coach Rick Ray said. “Our problem is we refused to be sound on the defensive end. When you are solid and compact on every possession, you put yourself in the right defensive position and you don’t foul.”
TCU built a 19-8 lead, as MSU did not reach double digits scoring until 11 minutes had been played. In the opening half, MSU shot 36 percent from the field and trailed 34-22 at the intermission.
“We need to get (Craig Sword) more help on the offensive end,” MSU freshman point guard IJ Ready said. “If we are going to shoot 18 3-pointers in the game, but we have to make more of them. We have to get to the gym and make shots.”
TCU stretched the lead to 18 at 45-27 with less than five minutes gone by in the second half. MSU turned up the intensity on both ends of the floor and made a run.
Still down 18 at 52-34, the Bulldogs trimmed the deficit to 10 points at 55-45 on a three-pointer by Ready. A jumper by Roquez Johnson capped a 16-4 run as MSU closed within 59-56 with 2:28 left in the contest.
“We had a lot of momentum,” Sword said. “We played hard but we should have played that way from the beginning of the game. We didn’t have enough energy. We just have to play hard from the jump. We didn’t approach the game the right way.
“We just have to go back to practice and work harder and find a way to start games better.”
The Bulldogs turned the ball over the next possession and the Horned Frogs hit 10 of 12 free throws to seal the victory.
“It’s nice that we came back and all but we did that out of urgency,” Ray said. “We played the way we needed to at the end of the game because we were desperate. We need to play that way throughout the game.”
For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 24 of 56 shots from the field (42.9 percent), 3 of 18 shots from 3-point range (16.7 percent) and 10 of 20 shots from the foul line (50.0 percent). The Horned Frogs hit 20 of 44 shots from the field (45.5 percent), 6 of 14 shots from 3-point range (42.9 percent) and 25 of 31 shots from the foul line (80.6 percent).
TCU held a 34-32 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had nine assists and 15 turnovers, while the Horned Frogs had seven assists and 17 turnovers.
Sword paced MSU with 24 points on a 9-of-12 night from the field. Ready, Roquez Johnson and Gavin Ware each added nine points. Ware and Johnson each had a team-high six rebounds.
TCU received 20 points from Charles Hill, 16 points from Kyan Anderson and 11 points from Michael Williams. Karviar Shepherd had a game-high 16 rebounds, including 14 on the defensive end.
MSU will take a final exams break before returning to action against Southeastern Louisiana. The Bulldogs and Lions meet at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at BancorpSouth Arena in Tupelo.
Dores fend off late rally, defeat Marshall, 69-67
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- With 9.3 seconds remaining in the game, trailing by two, Marshall went for the final shot but Vanderbilt's James Siakam came a away with the steal to seal the win for the Commodores. Vanderbilt improves to 5-3 with the 69-67 win over the Herd, at Memorial Gym, Thursday night.
The Commodores (5-3) never surrendered the lead, but allowed Marshall (4-4) within one point after being up by as much as 13 in the second half. Damian Jones and James Siakam paced the `Dores with 15 points each, Rod Odom was the only other player in double-figures, finishing with 11.
Siakam was 4-of-4 from the free throw line down the stretch, add on a clutch Dai-Jon Parker three-pointer and the `Dores were able to escape the loss and improve to 3-0 at home this season.
Vanderbilt shot 45.1 percent (23-of-51) from the floor and was 5-of-17 from outside the arc.
Marshall's Elijah Pittman, who coming into the game was ranked eighth in the nation in scoring, was held to 17 points on 6-of-15 shooting. As a team the Herd shot 40 percent (24-of-60) from the floor.
Ole Miss Falls to Kansas State in Big 12/SEC Challenge, 61-58
MANHATTAN, Kan. -- Junior Jarvis Summers scored 18 points and senior Marshall Henderson added 13 as Ole Miss fell 61-58 to Kansas State in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Thursday.
Henderson had a chance to win the game with 2 seconds left for the Rebels (6-1), but his 3-point try came up short, and the Wildcats hung on for the victory.
Thomas Gipson and Marcus Foster scored 15 points each to lead Kansas State (5-3) in the win.
Aaron Jones came off the bench to give the Rebels some help on the glass, as the junior forward pulled down 8 rebounds.
Up next, Ole Miss will host No. 13 Oregon on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. CT. Fans can catch all the action on ESPNU.