Mizzou Basketball Upsets No. 18 UCLA at Home

Alex Farkas and Chinmay Vaidya bring you the highlights from Missouri basketball’s 80-71 upset of No. 18 UCLA.

By Nick Jordan, 23 Sports

Saturday, Dec. 7-

The Missouri men’s basketball team outscored its opponent 45-28 in the second half to beat No. 18 UCLA 80-71 and stretch its home winning streak to 24 games.

Jabari Brown scored 22 points, while Jordan Clarkson added 21 points and 6 assists in the win. Earnest Ross dropped 20 points, 15 of which came from behind the arc, to complete Mizzou’s “Big Three”. The victory improved the Tigers to 9-0 on the season. Mizzou is the only remaining undefeated team in the SEC. Brown, Clarkson, and Ross accounted for 63 of the Tigers’ 80 points.

For Missouri, the story of the first half was an inability to penetrate the UCLA zone and settling for long, ill-advised shots. The lengthy UCLA defenders, headed by 6’9” combo guard Kyle Anderson, kept the ball out of the paint and forced the Tigers into taking poor jump shots. Missouri finished the first period with a total of 24 field goals, 14 of which were three-pointers.The UCLA bench also outscored the Missouri bench 14-2 in the first period. The Bruins took at 43-35 lead into the locker room at the half.

In the second period, Missouri took control of the game with streaky three-point shooting and vicious dunks. Ross hit his second of two consecutive treys at the 14:47 mark to give Missouri to a 51-50 lead.

UCLA regained the lead, but the Tigers went on a 12-4 run which was capped off with another Ross three to hold a 70-64 advantage late.

The Missouri defense also improved as the game went along, holding UCLA to 28 points on 8-31 shooting in the second period. Brown sank four consecutive free throws with less than two minutes reaming to extend the Missouri lead to nine, clinching the game for the Tigers.

The Tigers will stay put at Mizzou Arena as they host Western Michigan on Dec. 15.

Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m.