No. 10 Missouri whips Alabama 84-68 in SEC debut

No. 10 Missouri whips Alabama 84-68 in SEC debut
January 8, 2013, 9:16 pm
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Missouri's Alex Oriakhi, left, pulls down a rebound past Alabama's Devonta Pollard, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Jabari Brown hit a career-high five straight 3-pointers after an early miss and Phil Pressey responded from a shaky first half with 11 points and 13 assists, leading No. 10 Missouri to an 84-68 victory over Alabama in its SEC debut Tuesday night.

Trevor Releford had a career-best 26 points with three 3-pointers and topped 1,000 points for Alabama (8-6, 0-1), which has lost six of eight. Coach Anthony Grant lost for the first time in seven career conference openers, three at VCU and four at Alabama.

Brown scored a career high 22 points on 7-for-11 overall shooting, three days after making only one of nine attempts in a two-point victory over Bucknell. The Oregon transfer has scored in double figures four of five games since becoming eligible at the semester break.

Earnest Ross added a season-best 19 points for Missouri (12-2, 1-0).