Barnett tallies career-high 23 points in 72-52 win over Vanderbilt

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — Jordan Barnett tied a career-high 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help Missouri defeat Vanderbilt 72-52 Saturday.

Kevin Puryear had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Russell Woods added 10 points and five rebounds.

Missouri (7-7, 2-10 Southeastern Conference) led 35-29 at halftime after shooting 50 percent from 3-point range in the first half. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Kevin Puryear sparked an 11-0 run to give the Tigers a seven-point lead, its largest of the game.

Luke Kornet led the way for Vanderbilt with 11 points and five rebounds. Matthew Fisher-Davis, who entered the game averaging 15.6 points per game, scored just eight points on 1 of 5 shooting. The Commodores (12-13, 5-7) entered the game leading the SEC in 3-pointers made, but struggled from distance, shooting just 21.4 percent (6-28), including 1-for-15 in the second half.


Vanderbilt: Hosts Texas A&M Thursday. The Commodores won the last meeting 68-54 on Jan. 31 in College Station.

Missouri: Hosts Alabama Wednesday. The Tigers have not beaten Alabama since Jan. 18, 2014, a 68-47 win in Mizzou Arena.