• Key play: Hawaii had seized momentum with a 16-2 run late in the first half, turning a 40-30 deficit into a 46-42 lead when Tigers junior Jabari Brown dashed down court in the closing seconds before the break, beating the halftime horn with a finger roll.
• Key stat: Hawaii shot 88.9 percent from the free-throw line, going 16 for 18 before halftime. Missouri only shot six of 11 from the free-throw line before the break, but stayed close by shooting exceptionally well from the floor — 18 of 31, a 58.1-percent clip.
• Key play: Hawaii remained within striking distance before Missouri forward Ryan Rosburg’s dunk at the 2:03 mark. Off a feed from senior forward Tony Criswell, Rosburg, who scored a career-high nine points, threw down one of several dunks he had in the game.
• Key stat: Missouri outrebounded Hawaii 25-14 in the second half. The Tigers had a 19-16 edge in the first half on the boards, but a considerably more dominant rebounding performance helped yield a considerably one-sided score.
Clarkson addresses technical
Barely 3 minutes into the first half, and already with a personal foul, Missouri junior point guard Jordan Clarkson woofed at a Hawaii player after knifing to the basket for an easy layup.
Clarkson sat out the rest of the first half with two fouls, a costly mistake he owned up to after the game.
“It was a heated game,” Clarkson said. “There was some yakking and I just kind of took it too far. That’s on me. I can’t do anything dumb like that again. You won’t be seeing that anymore.”
• Senior forward Tony Criswell checked in with 11 minutes, 29 seconds remaining before halftime. It was Criswell’s first action of the season after serving a two-game suspension for violating team rules.
And he didn’t wait long to make an impact.
About 20 seconds after stepping onto the court, Criswell scored his first basket of the season. He finished with 11 points and nine rebounds in the Tigers’ victory.
| Tod Palmer, email@example.com