COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Noah Clowney and Mark Sears each scored 17 points as No. 4 Alabama beat Missouri 85-64 on Saturday.
Alabama (17-2, 7-0 Southeastern Conference) was undefeated against unranked teams this season. Freshman Brandon Miller added 15 points and eight rebounds, and reserve Jahvon Quinterly had 13 points.
“Give a lot of credit to our guys because I think we played hard for most of the game,” Alabama coach Nate Oats said. “We take care of the ball, a great point of emphasis going in. Missouri’s No. 1 in the country in turnover rate on defense.”
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. “However, he has had some pretty good games. Obviously, he’s shot 3s for us at a high rate before. He has played very well for us. There’s a reason he’s been playing as many minutes as this year.”
Isiaih Mosley led Missouri (14-5, 3-4) with 19 points. Mohamed Diarra scored eight points and 12 rebounds.
The Tigers shot 33% (23-of-70) from the field, including 3-of-28 from 3-point range. The Crimson Tide went 10 for 35 from beyond the arc.
“No. 1 team in the country, Alabama,” Missouri coach Dennis Gates said. “I said it all the time. They’ve got the length. They’ve got the athleticism. They’ve got the shooting ability that I thought we stifled in the first half because They trust her.”
Alabama opened the game on a 17-6 run through the first 4:28 of the second half.
Missouri’s Nick Honor hit a jump shot to tie the score at 23 with 5:14 remaining in the first half. But Alabama responded with a 15-5 run for a 38-28 halftime lead.
“They run away late in the first and early in the second constantly,” Gates said of Alabama. “That’s the way they’ve consistently played, and we don’t mitigate that at all, and it’s hard when you see a team throw the ball the way they do, and you keep it to a low standard, which means a level lower. average, and they make those shots in that amount of time.”
Alabama has won each of its two games, both on the road, since junior Darius Miles was fired from the team following his arrest on capital 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 pregame statement. “For Kobe’s future and long-term success, I have chosen to rest him tonight and not risk further injury by allowing his ankle to heal properly.”
Missouri guard Kaleb Brown, Kobe’s brother, also did not suit up due to a non-COVID-19 illness.
Alabama: The Crimson Tide have won their first seven SEC games by double figures. It is 7-0 in conference play for the second time under Oats. Alabama also won its first seven SEC contests in 2020-21.
Missouri: The Tigers lost to a ranked Alabama team for the first time after winning their first three contests against ranked Crimson Tide squads.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Alabama: Hosts Mississippi State on Wednesday night.
Missouri: At Ole Miss on Tuesday night.
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