Missouri basketball remained undefeated by defeating Nevada 83-70 on Friday in Las Vegas in the 2013 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
Ernest Ross, Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson once again carried the load of the Tigers' offense, scoring all but 10 points. Ross came within two points of his career high and led all scorers with 28 points while also grabbing eight rebounds. Brown scored 24 with nine rebounds and Clarkson scored 21 points.
Only three other Missouri players scored: Wes Clark and Ryan Rosburg with four points apiece and Tony Criswell with two points.
Missouri led 44-26 at the half, but Nevada used a 15-4 run midway through the second half to pull within eight points.
With just under 11 minutes remaining, Ross drove to the lane on a fast break and threw up a shot in traffic. The rebound caromed the rim and hit the hand of Clarkson, who widly tipped the ball in the hoop to extend the lead to eight.
Nevada shortened the deficit to five with 6 1/2 minutes to play, but Missouri finished the game on a 21-13 run.
The win improved Missouri to 7-0 on the season. The team is back in action when they host West Virginia at 6 p.m. Thursday at Mizzou Arena.
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