(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — Missouri won its NCAA-best 24th straight home-game upsetting No. 18 UCLA 80-71 Saturday.
Missouri (9-0) trailed by eight at halftime, but senior guard Earnest Ross scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half to lead the Tigers to the upset.
“As I continue to shoot and see shots go in, it makes the basket get a little bit bigger,” Ross said. “When I’m in a rhythm, I just think I’m in a pretty good groove and I just continue to keep shooting.”
Jabari Brown had 22 points and Jordan Clarkson chipped in 21 in the win.
Jordan Adams had 22 points, 10 rebounds and three steals for UCLA (8-1), which suffers its first loss of the season.
“Our offense just didn’t move,” UCLA coach Steve Alford said. “The ball stopped a lot. We were in a pretty good rhythm in the first half, and for whatever reason, we stopped moving the ball offensively in the second half.”
That’s for sure. After converting 15 of 30 attempts in the first half, UCLA made only 8 of 31 in the second.
Both teams now have extended periods of time off before taking the court again. UCLA will play Prairie View A&M on Dec. 14, while Missouri hosts Western Michigan on Dec. 15.
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