COLUMBIA, Mo. — Noah Clowney and Mark Sears each scored 17 points, and No. 4 Alabama defeated Missouri 85-64 on Saturday.
Alabama (17-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) went unbeaten against unranked teams this season. Freshman Brandon Miller added 15 points and eight rebounds, and reserve Jahvon Quinterly scored 13 points.
“Trust our guys a lot of credit because I thought we played hard most of the game,” said Alabama coach Nate Oats. “We took care of the ball, a big focus that came in. Missouri’s #1 in the country for defense turnover rate.”
Clowney also had 14 rebounds and Sears finished with eight rebounds and three steals.
“Probably his best numbers at 17 and 14,” Oats said of Clowney. “Nevertheless, he had some pretty good games. He’s obviously shot 3s for us with a high clip before. He played really well for us. There’s a reason he’s played as many minutes as he has this year.”
Isiaih Mosley led Missouri (14-5, 3-4) with 19 points. Mohamed Diarra had eight points and 12 rebounds.
The Tigers shot 33% (23 to 70) from the field, including 3 to 28 from 3-point range. The Crimson Tide went 10 for 35 from beyond the bow.
“No. 1 team in the country, Alabama,” Missouri coach Dennis Gates said. “I’ve been saying it all along. They’ve got the length. They’ve got the athleticism. They’ve got the shooting ability that I thought we had.” suppressed them in the first half because they count on it.”
Alabama broke the game up with a 17-6 run over the first 4:28 of the second half.
Missouri’s Nick Honor hit a jump shot to tie it at 23, leaving 5:14 in the first half. But Alabama responded with a 15-5 run for a 38-28 halftime lead.
“They run consistently at the end of the first and the beginning of the second,” Gates said of Alabama. “That’s the way they’ve always played and we haven’t mitigated it at all and it’s hard when you see a team shoot the ball the way they do and you keep them at a kind of low standard, which means that they’re lower average, and they’re making those shots in that time frame.
Alabama has won each of its two games, both away, since junior Darius Miles was fired from the team following his arrest on murder charges.
Missouri forward and leading scorer Kobe Brown suffered an ankle injury. He was injured during Wednesday night’s game against Arkansas.
“The health of our student-athletes is our top priority,” Gates said in a statement before the game. “For Kobe’s long-term future and success, I have chosen to rest him tonight and not risk further injury by allowing his ankle to heal properly.”
Kaleb Brown, the brother of Kobe, the Missouri security guard, also did not get dressed due to an illness that did not include COVID-19.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide has won its first seven SEC games by double digits. Under Oats it is 7-0 in conference play for the second time. Alabama also won its first seven SEC contests in 2020-21.
Missouri: The Tigers lost to a ranked team from Alabama for the first time after winning their first three contests against ranked teams from Crimson Tide.
Alabama: Mississippi State hosts Wednesday night.
Missouri: At Ole Miss on Tuesday night.
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