COLUMBIA, Mo. — Jabari Brown, playing in his first game since Nov. 17, 2011 when he was a freshman at Oregon, scored 12 points and No. 12 Missouri beat South Carolina State 102-51 on Monday night.
Brown, 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard, became eligible at the end of the first semester. He entered the game with 16:01 left in the first half. After a missed 3-pointer, he assisted on a fast-break layup by Negus Webster-Chan. He scored his first points on two free throws with 9:35 remaining.
Phil Pressey's jumper 17 seconds into the game gave Missouri (9-1) the lead for good. An 18-2 run midway through the first half gave the Tigers a 31-11 lead with 5:58 left.
Matthew Hezekiah led South Carolina State (4-7) with 14 points.
Despite not playing for nine days, the Tigers scored 49 points in the first half, representing the team's best this season.
Missouri had been shooting 39.6 percent in the first half for the season before its 18-for-33 performance Monday.
The team did better in the second half, adding 53 points on 23-of-39 shooting, helping Missouri reach the 100-point mark for the first time since Dec. 15, 2011.
No. 3 Syracuse 72, Detroit 68
At Syracuse, N.Y., Jim Boeheim became the third Division I men's coach to reach 900 wins as No. 3 Syracuse beat Detroit in the Gotham Classic.
Boeheim, 68 and in his 37th year at his alma mater, is 900-304 and joined an elite fraternity. Mike Krzyzewski (936) and Bob Knight (902) are the only other men's Division I coaches to win that many games.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Boeheim's college roommate, teammate and fellow Hall of Famer, and Roosevelt Bouie, a star on Boeheim's first team in 1976-77, were in the Carrier Dome crowd of 17,902. Midway through the second half, fans were given placards featuring cardboard cutouts of Boeheim's face with 900 wins printed on the back to celebrate.
Boeheim was presented a jersey encased in glass with 900 emblazoned on it.
No. 21 UNLV 62, UTEP 60
At El Paso, Texas, Anthony Marshall scored 13 points and Bryce DeJean-Jones added 12 for No. 21 UNLV in a victory over UTEP.
Jaques Streeter scored with 27 seconds left to UNLV's lead to two points. DeJean-Jones had an opportunity to make it a two-possession game but missed two free throws with 15 seconds left.
No. 22 Notre Dame 74, IPFW 62
At South Bend, Ind., Pat Connaughton scored 18 points to lead No. 22 Notre Dame to a victory over IPFW.
Connaughton more than doubled his 7.9 points-per-game average and had six rebounds and five assists.