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Outside attack leads Tigers past Crimson Tide

Outside attack leads Tigers past Crimson Tide

January 8th, 2013 in News

Missouri's Alex Oriakhi pulls a rebound away from Alabama's Devonta Pollard during the first half of Tuesday's game in Columbia.

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - It was no secret Missouri held a definite advantage on the inside against Alabama. But it was ultimately its work on the outside that lifted the Tigers to their first Southeastern Conference victory.

Led by Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross, Missouri hit nine 3-pointers and overcame the loss of Laurence Bowers late in the game to a knee injury Tuesday night to down Alabama 84-68 at Mizzou Arena.

A close game throughout, the 10th-ranked Tigers pulled away in the final minutes making the final score less indicative of how close the game truly was.

Brown scored a career-high 22 points, including five 3-pointers. Ross added 19 points and three 3-pointers, as five Tigers finished in double figures.

With the Tigers being outrebounded for the second straight game, they needed every bit of the outside shooting.

"It feels good," Brown said. "It feels like the basket gets bigger out there and I feel like every shot could go in. It was a good feeling."