No. 12 Missouri beats South Carolina State 102-51

No. 12 Missouri beats South Carolina State 102-51
December 17, 2012, 10:08 pm
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Missouri's Laurence Bowers, left, and South Carolina State's Adama Adams, right, battle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Jabari Brown, playing in his first game since Nov. 17, 2011 when he was a freshman at Oregon, scored 12 points and No. 12 Missouri beat South Carolina State 102-51 on Monday night.

Brown, 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard, became eligible at the end of the first semester. He entered the game with 16:01 left in the first half. After a missed 3-pointer, he assisted on a fast-break layup by Negus Webster-Chan. He scored his first points on two free throws with 9:35 remaining.

Phil Pressey's jumper 17 seconds into the game gave Missouri (9-1) the lead for good. An 18-2 run midway through the first half gave the Tigers a 31-11 lead with 5:58 left.

Matthew Hezekiah led South Carolina State (4-7) with 14 points.

Despite not playing for nine days, the Tigers scored 49 points in the first half, representing the team's best this season.