Since scoring a season-low 10 points on three-for-11 shooting Dec. 21 in a one-point loss against Illinois, Missouri junior Jabari Brown has raised his game to new heights.
Brown, an Oakland, Calif., native who transferred from Oregon, has averaged 21 points in the Tigers’ last seven games, including back-to-back career-highs against Alabama (24) and at LSU (28).
Brown was instrumental in preventing LSU from blowing Missouri away Tuesday despite a 77-71 loss. He went 10 of 15 from the field and five of six from three-point range.
The rest of Missouri’s squad went 16 of 51 — 31.4 percent — from the field.
“(Brown) was great,” said junior Jordan Clarkson, who scored 19 on seven-for-18 shooting. “He’s been playing real good. Shoot, all-conference player and he’s been shooting the lights out, a very efficient player. He’s been killing it.”
During Brown’s recent hot stretch, he is 48 of 88 from the field, a 54.5 percent clip, and he’s shooting 50 percent from three-point range, going 21 of 42 combined.
That’s 147 points on only 88 shots in seven games.
“Hopefully, he can keep it going and we’ll have some other guys raise their game up,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said.
Even more impressive, Brown isn’t forcing his shot. He didn’t even attempt a shot at LSU until the 11:33 mark when he drilled his first three-pointer.
“I’m letting the game come to me,” Brown said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence in my teammates. … I’m not going to just try to get my shots up and jeopardize the team. I’m just going to take what’s open and play like that.”