The Missouri Tigers once again find themselves in position to win on the road, as they currently hold a 45-38 halftime lead over South Carolina tonight at Colonial Life Arena.
Missouri, which is 19-8 overall but 1-7 in true road games this season, has jumped out to a seven-point halftime lead, thanks largely to the contributions of senior guard Keion Bell, who already has a team-high 18 points.
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Sophomore guard Jabari Brown also has 10 points for Missouri, which is coming off a disappointing 90-83 road loss to Kentucky last Saturday in which it blew a 13-point lead and had Brown and Bell – who both boast double-digit scoring averages – combine for only 15 points.
On Thursday, Missouri jumped out to a 13-5 lead before the Gamecocks fought their way back in the game with some long-distance marksmanship. South Carolina, which entered the game as the worst-shooting team in the Southeastern Conference, rallied back from two separate nine-point deficits to tie the game at 34-34 at one point, thanks to 7-for-12 shooting from downtown.
Despite the Gamecocks’ prowess from the field – they finished the half shooting 58 percent – Missouri outscored South Carolina 11-4 to close the half, with eight of those points coming on slam dunks.
South Carolina, 13-14 overall, 3-11 in the SEC, has lost nine of its last 11 games. Missouri is 8-6 in the SEC.