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Updated: Saturday, December 14, 2002 9:05 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(10) Missouri 93, Memphis 78
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COLUMBIA, Missouri (Ticker) -- Rickey Paulding and Ricky Clemons started running and No. 10 Missouri never stopped.

Paulding and Clemons combined for 11 early points as Missouri scored the first 15 and never looked back en route to a 93-78 victory over Memphis in a battle of teams named the Tigers.

Clemons opened the scoring with a jumper 17 seconds into the game for Missouri (6-0). Paulding added a layup, Clemons nailed another jumper and Paulding's three-point play made it 9-0.

Paulding split a pair of free throws before Travon Bryant scored a pair of inside hoops. Paulding drilled a 3-pointer for a 15-0 bulge with 16:22 left in the first half.

The rest of the first half was dominated by Missouri's Arthur Johnson as he scored 14 points. Johnson led Missouri with 23 points.

Paulding scored 22 points and Clemons finished with 16 for Missouri, which improved to 5-0 at home.

Memphis (4-2) had a three-game winning stopped despite 15 points from Antonio Burks. Billy Richmond, a transfer from Vanderbilt, made his debut for Memphis and led the team with 22 points on 9-of-19 shooting off the bench.

Burks broke the drought for Memphis with a basket to cut the deficit to 15-2 and teammate John Grice followed with a 3-pointer. Missouri then ran off nine straight points, including a 3-pointer by Clemons for a 24-5 bulge.

Memphis got a layup with 44 seconds left to slice the deficit to 44-36, the halftime margin. That capped a run of 10 straight Memphis points.

Clemons added five points in a 17-6 spurt that gave Missouri a commanding 75-53 advantage with just under eight minutes to go.

Johnson also grabbed 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double and added a pair of blocks. He is three blocks shy of tying Steve Stipanovich's school record of 149 blocks.

Grice collected 12 points and 11 rebounds and Earl Barron also scored 12 points for Memphis. It shot just 37 percent (29-of-79) and Burks, Barron and Duane Erwin all fouled out.

Missouri cut Memphis' lead in the series to 6-4.


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