Columbia, MO (WKZO) – The Western Michigan men’s basketball team’s dreams of an upset came up short as the #24 ranked Missouri Tigers held off the Broncos’ second half charge to stay perfect on the season after Sunday night’s 66-60 victory at Mizzou Arena.
Jabari Brown led the way for the Tigers with 15 points while Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross both added 12 to help Missouri (10-0) remain as one of only 14 undefeated teams in college basketball, while extending their home winning streak to 25, the longest current streak in the NCAA.
Despite taking 24 more shots than the Tigers and grabbing eight more offensive rebounds, the Broncos continued to struggle from the field, connection on just 30% (21-70) of their field goals and 5 of 24 attempts from behind the arc. In their previous game at Northwestern, WMU scored just 35 points on 24.4% shooting.
Missouri led 31-22 at halftime but the Broncos scored on its first five possessions coming out of the break and trimmed the deficit to just two at 35-33. The Broncos pulled within two three more times, the last one coming at 47-45 with 10:51 left in the game but Missouri ran off nine straight points to extend their lead.
Mid-American Conference leading scorer David Brown topped the scoring charts for WMU (5-4) with 18 points but missed nine of 10 attempts from behind the three point line. Shayne Whittington added 16 points and 10 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season.
Taylor Perry made his first career start in place of Tucker Haymond and failed to score but hauled in a game high 11 rebounds.
The Broncos will look for their first road victory of the season on Wednesday December 18th at Drake. Tip-off is set for 8:05PM.