• Key play: Jabari Brown’s three-pointer put MU on top 32-30, and the Tigers never trailed again.
Key stat: Alabama outrebounded Missouri 16-12.
• Key play: After Alabama cut MU’s lead to six with 7 minutes left, a three-point play by center Alex Oriakhi gave the Tigers the momentum.
• Key stat: Missouri was nine for 15 from three-point range.
Bell takes a seat
Despite starting, senior guard Keion Bell played only 4 minutes.
Freshman Negus Webster-Chan and junior Earnest Ross commandeered much of his playing time.
“We’ve got a number of guys, we’ve got competition,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “You’ve got to produce in terms of what we need you to do to help us win, and I felt like those other guys have us a better chance to win tonight (with) the energy I needed to see.”
• Former Missouri target Devonta Pollard – a five-star Class of 2012 recruit from Mississippi – got the start for Alabama and finished with 10 points and two rebounds.
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