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Updated: Saturday, January 4, 2003 8:16 PM EST
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(16) Missouri 88, Iowa 82
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IOWA CITY, Iowa (Ticker) -- Ricky Clemons did not call glass, but Missouri will take it anyway.

Clemons banked in his sixth 3-pointer of the game with 78 seconds left and scored a season-high 27 points to lift the 16th-ranked Tigers to an 88-82 victory over Iowa.

Clemons scored 14 points in the first half and his six 3-pointers were a season high. Missouri (8-1) was clinging to an 80-78 lead after Iowa's Jared Reiner made a pair from the line with just under two minutes left.

The Tigers worked the ball around the perimeter as they were willing to run down the shot clock. Clemons finally began his move 30 feet from the basket, pulled up from 22 feet and his shot seemed to be way off. But it banged off the glass and rattled home for a five-point cushion.

"Ricky was aggressive down the stretch," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. "We used the clock pretty well late in the game."

"The difference in the game was the little things," Iowa coach Steve Alford said. "Missouri had two bank 3-pointers and we didn't come up with the little things."

Arthur Johnson added 16 points for Missouri, including a pair of baskets that provided an 80-75 lead with 2:47 to go. He made 7-of-13 shots.

Iowa (8-3) fell to 0-2 against Big 12 Conference opponents following a loss to Iowa State on December 13. Chauncey Leslie led the Hawkeyes with 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting.

"I thought the game went well and that we gave a great effort," Alford said. "We didn't do the things we had been doing well and that made the difference in the game."

Rickey Paulding finished with 17 points and Clemons added seven assists for Missouri, which played its first true road game of the season. The Tigers split neutral-site contests with Southern California and Illinois in their only other games away from home.

"We really worked hard all week at keeping our focus," Snyder said. "We lacked that a little in the first half and for us to turn it around in the locker room is good. It's something I think we probably would not have been able to do a month ago."

Johnson also grabbed 13 rebounds as Missouri held a 40-35 edge on the glass. He made 7-of-14 shots and used his 6-9, 265-pound frame to his advantage inside.

Clemons made a pair of foul shots to give the Tigers their biggest lead, 33-25, with less than eight minutes to go in the first half. The Hawkeyes came all the way back and took a 49-48 lead on Leslie's layup just before halftime.

Iowa took its final advantage, 58-57, on Glen Worley's 3-pointer with just under 15 minutes remaining. Freshman Jimmy McKinney responded with five points to give Missouri the lead for good.

McKinney and Travon Bryant each fouled out with eight points. Missouri shot 50 percent (31-of-62) and blocked seven shots, including three by Johnson.

Sean Sonderleiter scored a season-high 15 points off the bench and Worley and Brody Boyd each added 13 for Iowa, which made just 20-of-29 free throws.


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