University of Missouri

Missouri men’s basketball notes: Williams achieves another milestone

Updated: 2013-11-26T04:57:41Z

First half

• Key play: Midway through the half, junior point guard Jordan Clarkson swatted a pass from IUPUI guard/forward Marcellus Barskdale at midcourt. Clarkson, who scored 10 in the first half, then collected the loose ball and swooped in for a layup. Missouri forced nine turnovers, which led to 13 points before the break.

•  Key stat: The Tigers dominated in the paint, outscoring IUPUI 24-14 and winning the rebounding battle 18-12. But after failing to hit any three-pointers in the first half against Gardner-Webb on Saturday (zero for eight), it’s hard to ignore junior Jabari Brown’s four first-half threes.

Second half

•  Key play: Freshman point guard Wes Clark left the game briefly in the second half, holding his midsection as he walked off the floor and up the tunnel toward the Missouri locker room. He wasn’t out long and hit a critical three-pointer upon returning. Clark finished with five points and game-high five assists.

•  Key stat: After allowing IUPUI to shoot 50 percent in the first half, going 14 for 28 from the field, Missouri limited the Jaguars to below 40 percent in the second half. IUPUI only shot 13 for 33 after halftime (39.4 percent) as Missouri kept its visitors at arm’s length.

Williams achieves another milestone

One game after pulling down a 17 rebounds, Missouri freshman Johnathan Williams III notched the first double-double of his college career in only his fifth game.

Williams scored 10 points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in the Tigers’ 78-64 victory.

“It was a blessing, and I want to continue to build from that,” Williams said.

Williams is Missouri’s leading rebounder at 9.2 boards per game and also is averaging 7.4 points.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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