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SIU drops opener to Mizzou, 72-59

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  • Missouri's Earnest Ross, right, is fouled by Southern Illinois' Bola Olaniyan as he shoots during the first half of Tuesday's game in Columbia, Mo.

      Missouri's Earnest Ross, right, is fouled by Southern Illinois' Bola Olaniyan as he shoots during the first half of Tuesday's game in Columbia, Mo.
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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Jordan Clarkson scored a career-high 31 points and Jabari Brown added 17 to lift Missouri past Southern Illinois 72-59 Tuesday night.

Clarkson, Brown and Earnest Ross combined for 59 points as the rest of the Tigers shot only 5-of-11 from the field. After trading baskets through the first half, the Tigers (2-0) used a 10-4 run in the opening 3:32 after the break for a 45-38 lead and some breathing room.

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Missouri won its 20th consecutive game at home, this time in front of a half-filled Mizzou Arena after a late tip time. The Tigers haven't lost to a nonconference opponent on their own floor since the 2005-06 opener, a span of 75 games.

Desmar Jackson led Southern Illinois (0-1) with 17 points in the team's season opener. The senior guard scored the Salukis' first eight points, but battled foul trouble the rest of the game.

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