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Three-point barrage boosts Missouri past Southern

December 7, 2001

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— Missouri overcame one of its worst long-range shooting performances quickly and in record fashion.

Clarence Gilbert scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half and No. 2 Missouri hit a school-record 17 three-pointers in a 117-67 victory over Southern University on Thursday night.

"We played the right way," Gilbert said. "When we play the right way, we are knocking down threes."

After hitting just one three-pointer against Saint Louis on Monday Missouri's worst performance from beyond the arc under coach Quin Snyder the Tigers shot 9-for-17 from three-point range in the first half and 17-for-30 (57 percent) overall against the Jaguars.

Gilbert, who entered the game averaging 18.5 points, shot 7-for-10 from three-point range after missing three attempts against Saint Louis. Wesley Stokes, Josh Kroenke, Ryan Kiernan and Rickey Paulding also hit threes for the Tigers.

"They weren't leaving us wide open at Saint Louis," Gilbert said. "That was more of a penetrating game and getting in the gaps. Tonight, they were leavings us wide open and we just took out shots."

Kareem Rush added 25 points, including 20 in the first half, as the Tigers beat a Southwestern Athletic Conference team for the third time in four games, scoring at least 100 points in all three victories.

"There is no substitute for good shooting and they shot the ball very well tonight," said Southern coach Ben Jobe. "You can solve a lot of problems if you just put the ball in the basket."

Missouri is 9-0 for the first time since the 1989-90 season, when the Tigers finished 26-6 and won the Big Eight.

"We're not there yet," Snyder said. "That's exciting, but we can get better. We won't win at the level we want unless we do. Unequivocally, that's a fact."

After falling behind 16-10, Missouri hit 15 consecutive shots midway through the first half en route to a 56-38 lead at the break.

The Tigers shot 58 percent 53 percent from three-point range in the half, despite starting 2-for-10 and failing to score after Snyder pulled his most of his starters with approximately three minutes left in the period.

"That's the kind of style we've got," Rush said. "That's the type of people we are. When our shots are on, we are dangerous."

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