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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Jordan Clarkson scored 21 points, including all 11 free throw attempts, as Missouri held off Vanderbilt 67-64 on Wednesday.
Earnest Ross added 16 points for the Tigers (19-7, 7-6 SEC), who survived an off-game from top scorer Jabari Brown in a matchup of schools tied for fifth place in the conference. Brown, held to nine points on 3 for 11 shooting, averaged 23.9 points the previous 10 games including 22 the first meeting at Vanderbilt last month.
Damian Jones had 19 points and seven rebounds for Vanderbilt (14-11, 6-7). Down eight points with just over two minutes to go, the Commodores shaved the deficit to two on Kyle Moats' 3-pointer with 19.4 seconds to go.
Kyle Fuller's bid to force overtime on a shot that drew iron from beyond midcourt came after the buzzer. Fuller made just one of 12 shots and had four points, eight below his average.
Missouri helped make the finish exciting by going 6 for 12 at the free throw line the final 1:31.
Clarkson scored nine points in the final six minutes, including three baskets in a 13-2 run that put the Tigers up 61-53.
Vanderbilt led 21-20 at the half with both teams shooting 33 percent and enduring lengthy dry spells. Missouri went nearly seven minutes without a point and Vanderbilt was scoreless more than 4 1/2 minutes before Jones's tip-in to end the half for the lead.
The first-half scoring total was a season-worst by five points for Missouri. Vanderbilt's season low was 19 points its last time out against Texas A&M.
A half-dozen football players, including quarterback Maty Mauk, signed autographs the hour before the game. Fans also got a chance to pose for photos with the Cotton Bowl trophy and two of the school's Golden Girls cheerleader team.
CHICAGO (AP) - Former Illini track and field athlete Aja Evans has won a bronze medal in the two-man bobsled at the Sochi Olympics.
Evans is from Chicago. She was paired with Jamie Greubel of Newtown, Pa. They grabbed the bronze on Wednesday.
The win gives the U.S. two Olympic women's bobsled medal winners for the first time. The team of Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams won the silver. Canada took the gold.
Evans and Greubel won with a time of 3 minutes, 51.61 seconds.
The University of Illinois said in a Wednesday release that Evans was a five-time All-American and three-time Big Ten shot put champions at Illinois from 2007 to 2010. Evans switched to bobsledding in March 2012.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - The head of the Missouri Corrections Department is remaining silent on whether the state has enough of its execution drug to carry out next week's scheduled lethal injection.
Director George Lombardi told the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday that he couldn't comment on the state's drug supply. But he did say the state cannot stockpile pentobarbital produced by a compounding pharmacy because of its shelf life.
The Oklahoma-based Apothecary Shoppe agreed this week to not supply the drug to Missouri for its next execution.
Michael Taylor is scheduled to die Feb. 26 for the abduction, rape and murder of a 15-year-old Kansas City girl. Gov. Jay Nixon has said the department is prepared to carry out the execution.
Republicans on the Senate committee said it's important to impose the death penalty.