COLUMBIA, Mo. — Further establishing themselves among the SEC’s elite teams, the 22nd-ranked Missouri Tigers throttled the Vanderbilt Commodores 81-59 on Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.
It was a tight contest early on, as Vanderbilt (8-10, 2-4 SEC) took an 11-8 lead on a dunk by Sheldon Jeter with 15:30 to play in the first half. The competitive play was short-lived however, as the Tigers embarked on a furious 38-4 run.
Missouri (15-4, 4-2 SEC) took a 46-15 lead on a 3-pointer by Jabari Brown with 2:45 to play in the first half, and led 49-20 at the break. The Commodores cut the lead to 17 points with 14:52 to play, but the Tigers answered with a 13-5 run and never looked back.
Mizzou shot extremely well, finishing 55% from the field, and 52% from beyond the arc. Vandy shot 44% from the field, and 33% from three-point range. The Tigers also dominated the glass, outrebounding the Commodores 39-17.
Brown led the Tigers with 21 points, and Alex Oriakhi added a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Rob Odom led Vandy with 17 points.
The Tigers hit the road for a showdown with the LSU Tigers on Wednesday night.