Missouri notebook

Three Tigers reach 20 points in loss at Ole Miss

Updated: 2014-02-09T05:37:15Z

First half

•  Key play: Pick any of Mississippi senior Marshall Henderson’s six three-pointers, including several of the circus variety, or any of his five assists, including a 25-foot bounce pass for a transition dunk by sophomore Anthony Perez and another dime off the backboard for a Perez layup.

•  Key stat: Missouri hadn’t given up 50 points in any half of any game this season before Mississippi stepped out to a 50-35 halftime lead.

Second half

•  Key play: Earnest Ross started Missouri’s rally opening the second half with a three-pointer from the left corner.

•  Key stat: Mississippi ranked 286th in the nation in rebounding margin entering play at minus-3.1, but the Rebels beat Missouri 34-33 on the glass, including 14 offensive boards that led to 15 second-chance points.

Scoring power

Missouri matched the program’s all-time record Saturday with three 20-point scorers in the same game for the third time this season.

Ross scored 24, Jordan Clarkson had 23 and Jabari Brown 20.

Those three also each scored 20 or more against Nevada and UCLA this season.

The Tigers also had three games with three 20-point scorers during the 1989-90 and 1991-92 seasons.

Of course, during that 1989-90 season, Missouri had four 20-point scorers in two of those games.

The last time Missouri had three players score at least 20 in a loss was March 2012 during a first-round loss to Norfolk State in the NCAA Tournament.

• Missouri announced that sophomore guard Corey Haith would be out “for an extended period” because of a knee injury he suffered last week in practice.

Haith, the son of Tigers coach Frank Haith, isn’t part of the team’s regular rotation — though he did make an appearance off the bench briefly Tuesday at Florida.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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