COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Linas Kleiza had a career-high 31 points
and 10 rebounds and Missouri held Nebraska to five points in an
eight-minute span of the second half of an 80-70 victory on
Thomas Gardner added 17 points and Jimmy McKinney had 13 for
Missouri (10-8, 2-3 Big 12), which ended a three-game losing streak
-- the last two by a combined 36 points. Missouri has beaten
Nebraska 10 straight times at home and coach Quin Snyder is 10-2
against the Cornhuskers.
Missouri, which shot 54 percent and had a decided edge at the
free throw line, hasn't had a four-game losing streak since the
1997-98 season. The Tigers were 26-for-31 at the line, while
Nebraska was 8-for-10.
McCray and Missouri point guard Jason Horton clashed briefly at
the end of the game before being restrained by coaches. Missouri
had been running out the clock when McCray tried for a steal.
Kleiza had seven points in an 18-5 run that started with
Missouri leading by a point with 12:28 to play. Kleiza and Gardner
had three-point plays and Horton hit a 3-pointer to help the Tigers
take a 70-56 lead with 4:24 left.
It was the second straight double double and fourth of the
season for Kleiza, who was 8-for-12 from the field and 15-for-17
from the line. The previous career best for the sophomore forward
was 26 points Dec. 11 against Montana.
McCray, who entered the game tied for the Big 12 3-point lead,
was 3-for-10 from long range to set a school freshman record with
47, breaking the mark of 44 by Eric Piatkowski in 1990-91.
Gardner had 12 points in a seesaw first half and his 3-pointer
at the buzzer gave Missouri a 38-37 lead.
Missouri led by 11 points after a 12-0 run made it 19-8 with
11:24 left and Nebraska led by four points after Wilkinson's follow
dunk with 19.2 seconds to go. But Wilkinson drew a technical for
hanging on the rim and Missouri scored the last five points in the
Kleiza's run of 18 straight free throws over four games
ended late in the first half. ... Devin West, who holds school
records for yards rushing in a game and a season, was among a class
of six inductees into the school's hall of fame. Others honored
were men's basketball player Al Abram, track stars Rebecca Davis
and Charlie McMullen, and two-sport athletes Sonny Siebert and Ray
Thorpe. Abram was the first black player at the school in 1958. ...
Missouri is 9-0 when leading at halftime.
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