Late in the first half, LSU junior Anthony Hickey lobbed a transition alley-oop for freshman Jarell Martin, whose two-handed throwdown was the highlight of a 12-4 run to close the half.
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Missouri, which was averaging more than 27 free-throw attempts per game, had only one in the first half — Earnest Ross’, completing an old-fashioned three-point play.
While being yanked to the court by Missouri senior Tony Criswell, LSU junior Johnny O’Bryant scored for a six-point lead with 46 seconds left.
Nearly 89 percent of Missouri’s points — 63 of 71 points — came from Jabari Brown (28), Jordan Clarkson (19) and Earnest Ross (16).
Brown hits career high
Statistically, junior Jabari Brown has never had a better scoring night.
Of course, he’d trade each of his career-high 28 points for a win.
“You can’t enjoy it with the L,” said Brown, whose previous high-water mark was 24 points on three occasions. “I’m not really thinking about that part. I’m just thinking about how we had a tough loss.”
Brown scored 15 in the first half and finished 10 of 15 from the field, including a five-for-six performance from three-point range.
“Jabari’s on an unbelievable roll,” coach Frank Haith said, “and I thought Jordan (Clarkson) was great tonight, too.”
That’s been typical. Clarkson, who scored 19, and Brown have reached double figures in all 18 games for Missouri this season.
It’s the longest streak to start a season since Kareem Rush scored 10 points or more in 21 straight games starting the 2000-01 season.