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Recap: Auburn 77, Missouri 91
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Date: February 02, 2013 1:45 PM EDT
  

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - As he walked off the court after one of the best performances in his career, Earnest Ross looked into the crowd.

He wanted to share a moment with his mother, Toy Sue Miller Ross, and the 6-foot-5 Missouri guard from Cary, N.C., made it a point to thank his biggest supporter.

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``She doesn't get to come to many home games just because she lives so far from here,' Ross said. ``My mother was definitely the person I was looking at. For her to come out and support me as far as she lives, I'm grateful to have her and I really appreciate it.'

She certainly enjoyed what she saw.

Ross scored a season-high 23 points against his former team, leading No. 17 Missouri to a 91-77 victory over Auburn on Saturday.

He sat on the bench for the first 3 1/2 minutes, itching to get in against the school he played for from 2009-11. During his sophomore season at Auburn, he led the team with 13.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Ross said it was satisfying to defeat his former teammates, but he took more pride in helping Missouri (16-5, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) get the victory.

``Very, very excited for a team win,' he said. ``And that's what we need. Because in order for the team to win, we all have to play well and tonight I think we did that.'

Keion Bell had a season-high 24 points for the Tigers, who moved to 13-0 at Mizzou Arena, joined by only Florida in the SEC as unbeaten teams at home. Missouri also benefited from having its full roster of players available for just the third time this season.

``This is the first game since Dec. 22 that we've had our whole team,' coach Frank Haith said. ``That's what I look at. That's a blessing.'

The teams combined for 49 fouls and 69 free throws but the sluggish pace didn't seem to affect Missouri, which shot 54.5 percent from the floor after shooting 38 percent in a 73-70 loss at LSU on Wednesday.

After scoring the final four points of the first half to lead 45-35 at the break, Missouri used a 13-1 run ending with Jabari Brown's layup with 13:43 remaining to give it a comfortable lead the rest of the way. Missouri is averaging 41.9 points in the second half this season compared to 34.6 points in the first half.

Bell, a game-time decision after missing Wednesday's loss with an ailing shoulder, started and gave Missouri a couple of highlight plays during the first half with breakaway dunks after two steals. Bell teamed up with Phil Pressey to draw the loudest applause from the crowd with 24 seconds remaining in the first half when Pressey dribbled around three defenders and found Bell open underneath the basket for an easy layup.

``I was just trying to use as much energy and emotion as I can to provide some kind of spark,' Bell said. ``When taking some time off you can be a little rusty, and the areas that you make up for that is energy and emotion.'

Frankie Sullivan led Auburn (8-13, 2-6) with 12 points, while Rob Chubb and Chris Denson both had 10. The Tigers dropped their sixth consecutive game since starting conference play with wins against LSU and at South Carolina. In its last five games, Auburn is shooting 35.5 percent, including 25 percent from beyond the arc.

``It's the same beat of the same drum,' Sullivan said. ``Every game is the same thing.'

Auburn went 9 of 28 from the floor in the first half but stayed within single digits by converting 15 of 16 free throws. Auburn also kept the rebounding deficit to 18-17 at halftime against the No. 2 rebounding team in the country. But poor shooting continued to plague Auburn in the second half (10 for 25) as Missouri pulled away.

``We had no defense on the perimeter,' Chubb said. ``They were just straight-line driving whenever they wanted and finishing around the rim. When they were around the rim, people were coming in too late, giving weak fouls and allowing them to complete and-ones. It was a recipe for disaster.'

Alex Oriakhi scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds for Missouri, and his three-point play with 12:36 remaining gave him 1,002 points for his career. The 6-foot-9, 255-pound forward scored 789 points in three seasons at Connecticut before transferring, and is averaging a career-high 10.4 points per game on 57.7 percent shooting this season.

Oriakhi said he was first told about the milestone around a week ago.

``When they announced it, it was definitely a great feeling,' he said. ``When you have your teammates supporting you, it's even better. So it's just a blessing and I'm happy I'm going to be able to end my career as a Tiger.'

Missouri plays five of its next seven games on the road, where the Tigers are winless in four attempts this season.

``We've got to get off to better starts on the road,' Haith said. ``In early games we haven't had really good starts. And that comes from focus and energy and passion and all the things we have here when we play at home. We've got to generate that.'

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 AUB  +1050   +15.5   138 
 MISSOU  -1500   -15.5   
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 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Feb 2
 
    Cincinnati at Seton Hall
11:00 AM EDT
    Clemson at Boston College
12:00 PM EDT
    Virginia Tech at North Carolina
12:00 PM EDT
    Purdue at Northwestern
12:00 PM EDT
    Hofstra at William Mary
12:00 PM EDT
    Syracuse at Pittsburgh
12:00 PM EDT
    Austin Peay at Murray State
1:00 PM EDT
    Auburn at Missouri
1:45 PM EDT
    Georgia at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Texas Tech
1:45 PM EDT
    Dayton at Saint Louis
2:00 PM EDT
    UNC Wilmington at Delaware
2:00 PM EDT
    Notre Dame at DePaul
2:00 PM EDT
    Duke at Florida State
2:00 PM EDT
    Old Dominion at Georgia State
2:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin-Green Bay at Loyola-Chicago
2:00 PM EDT
    Wake Forest at Maryland
2:00 PM EDT
    Tulsa at Memphis
2:00 PM EDT
    Colorado at Utah
2:30 PM EDT
    Bradley at Creighton
3:00 PM EDT
    Houston at Southern Methodist
3:00 PM EDT
    Evansville at Missouri St
3:00 PM EDT
    San Diego State at Air Force
3:00 PM EDT
    Idaho State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Tennessee at Arkansas
4:00 PM EDT
    Rhode Island at Butler
4:00 PM EDT
    St Johns at Georgetown
4:00 PM EDT
    Southern Illinois at Illinois State
4:00 PM EDT
    George Mason at James Madison
4:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Kansas
4:00 PM EDT
    Miami (FL) at North Carolina State
4:00 PM EDT
    Alabama at Vanderbilt
4:00 PM EDT
    Oregon at California
4:30 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Mississippi St
5:30 PM EDT
    Temple at St Josephs
6:00 PM EDT
    Drexel at Northeastern
6:00 PM EDT
    Kentucky at Texas AM
6:00 PM EDT
    Kansas State at Oklahoma
6:00 PM EDT
    Yale at Dartmouth
7:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi at Florida
7:00 PM EDT
    Brown at Harvard
7:00 PM EDT
    Cal Poly SLO at Long Beach State
7:00 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Nebraska
7:00 PM EDT
    Indiana State at Drake
7:30 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at Illinois Chicago
8:00 PM EDT
    Baylor at Iowa State
8:00 PM EDT
    Texas Christian at Texas
8:00 PM EDT
    Southern Miss at UAB
8:00 PM EDT
    Montana at Eastern Washington
9:00 PM EDT
    Michigan at Indiana
9:00 PM EDT
    Weber State at Northern Colo
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Arizona at Southern Utah
9:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at Texas El Paso
9:00 PM EDT
    Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
10:00 PM EDT
    Northridge at Cal Riverside
10:00 PM EDT
    Utah State at Seattle University
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Davis at Pacific
10:30 PM EDT
    Montana State at Portland State
10:30 PM EDT
    Gonzaga at San Diego
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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