University of Missouri

Foul trouble puts Missouri’s key rebounders on bench

Updated: 2014-02-02T00:35:31Z

First half

•  Key play: Senior Earnest Ross picked up his second foul and went to the bench for the rest of the half with 12:34 remaining. That made Kentucky’s zone more effective without the Tigers’ third-leading scorer available.

•  Key stat: Both of its leading rebounders — Ross, who played 5 minutes, and freshman Johnathan Williams III, who played 8 minutes — were on the bench because of two fouls, and Missouri had zero offensive rebounds in the half.

Second half

•  Key play: Coming out a timeout with 7:16 remaining, junior Jabari Brown curled off a screen and charged down the lane for a dunk over Kentucky freshman Julius Randle. Missouri trailed 66-63 at that point.

•  Key stat: Kentucky hit eight of 14 three-pointers, including a four-for-five performance in the second half.

Haith gets a technical

Coach Frank Haith picked up his first technical foul Saturday in three seasons at Missouri with 12:34 remaining in the first half.

“I thought the game was pretty physical early on, and we needed to continue to do what we do,” Haith said. “And how it played out? I don’t know, we’ll see.”

Officials issued a bench warning as Haith vehemently protested a non-call when the Tigers were on offense followed by a pushing foul whistled against freshman Johnathan Williams III on defense.

Haith, who took off his jacket before the warning, persisted after senior Earnest Ross picked up his second foul moments later trying to box out Kentucky freshman Julius Randle.

• As they have each game this season, juniors Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson reached double figures in scoring. Both matched Kareem Rush’s streak of 21 straight games to start the season with at least 10 points from the 2000-01 season.

Of course, Brown (33 points) and Clarkson (28) were extra special against Kentucky. The 61 combined points were the most for Missouri since Rickey Paulding scored 36 and Arthur Johnson added 28 in an NCAA Tournament game March 23, 2003, against Marquette.

It’s the most points any Tigers duo has scored in a regular-season game since Derrick Chievous (42) and Byron Irvin (21) combined for 63 against Virginia Tech on Dec. 16, 1987.

Individually, Brown’s 33 points are the most for a Missouri player since Thomas Gardner scored 40 on Jan. 16, 2006, against Kansas.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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