• Key play: A long jumper by Negus Webster-Chan keyed an 11-2 Missouri run to close the half.
• Key stat: Missouri shot almost 67 percent from the field, while South Carolina shot 58 percent.
• Key play: A finish in transition by Tony Criswell gave Missouri a 76-51 lead, its largest of the game.
Key stat: South Carolina shot three for 14 from three-point range in the second half.
Webster-Chan provides lift
Freshman guard Negus Webster-Chan, who has seen his playing time dwindle in recent weeks, gave Missouri a boost at the end of the first half. He got two points, a rebound and an assist in 5 minutes when Earnest Ross and Keion Bell got in foul trouble.
“He was great,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “He gave us a tremendous lift when we had foul trouble. That was great to see because now it adds more depth to our team, and he was confident against a team that’s going to press you. I was real encouraged by that.”
• Don’t think the Tigers escaped the Missouri cold simply because they had a game in South Carolina. Junior point guard Phil Pressey said Colonial Life Arena was particularly chilly.
“This place is like a hockey rink,” Pressey said. “It’s cold as I don’t know what in here.”
| Terez A. Paylor, firstname.lastname@example.org