COLUMBIA | Blake Griffin scored his points and ripped down his rebounds — 11 points and nine rebounds to be exact — but No. 15 Missouri ran off Norm Stewart Court with a 39-28 half-time lead on No. 4 Oklahoma.
Throwing four different big men into playing defense on the Sooners’ star, Missouri made Griffin work.
Meanwhile, the Tigers took advantage of the rest of the Sooners, forcing 10 turnovers, blocking three shots and coming up with four steals.
With OU hitting only 11 of 31 shots overall and just one of eight from three, Missouri used a 7-0 run to jump on top 13-5.
While OU cut the deficit to 13-10 as Griffin scored inside left, the Tigers came right back.
With DeMarre Carroll scoring nine points and grabbing seven rebounds, Missouri rolled to a 25-13 advantage with nine minutes left in the half.
As on defense, Missouri went with the committee approach on offense.
Justin Safford, Marcus Denmon and Zaire Taylor each scored six points in the first half, Safford and Denmon each hitting twice from three.
At stake was the inside track to at least second place in the Big 12 regular season and a probably No. 2 seeding in the Big 12 Tournament behind Kansas.