No. 4 Alabama retires in the 2nd half to beat Missouri 85-64

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Mark Sears of Alabama, center, brushes the ball as he drives between Missouri’s Noah Carter (right) and Tre Gomillion (right) during the first half of an NCAA collegiate basketball game Saturday, January 21, 2023 in Columbia, Missouri ( AP Photo/ LG Patterson)

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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.

Clowney also had 14 rebounds and Sears finished with eight rebounds and three steals.

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.

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.

ILL

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,” Missouri coach Dennis Gates said in a statement. “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.

BIG PICTURE

Alabama: The Crimson Tide has won its first seven SEC games by double digits. It’s 7-0 for the second time under coach Nate Oats in conference play. 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.

NEXT

Alabama: Mississippi State hosts Wednesday night.

Missouri: At Ole Miss on Tuesday night.

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This story was originally published Jan 21, 2023 5:34 p.m.

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