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Updated: Sunday, February 9, 2003 5:15 PM EST
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(22) Missouri 82, Texas Tech 73
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COLUMBIA, Missouri (Ticker) -- Andre Emmett, the Big 12 Conference's leading scorer, could not beat Missouri by himself.

The 22nd-ranked Tigers overcame a career-high 34 points from Emmett, who was 14-of-20 from the field, to post an 82-73 Big 12 Conference victory over Texas Tech.

While Missouri could not stop Emmett, center Arthur Johnson did most of the damage for the Tigers, recording 23 points and 13 rebounds for his conference-leading 13th double-double of the season.

"We wanted to go inside," Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. "They're a really good defensive team, and when they play small they do a lot of switching on the perimeter, which sometimes makes it difficult."

"Yeah, I wanted the ball," Johnson said. "I was making plays for myself and my team, scoring and kicking it out."

Coming off a 76-70 loss at Kansas, Missouri (14-5, 5-3 Big 12) remained unbeaten at home this season, but the Tigers only have split their last eight games overall.

Texas Tech (13-6, 3-5) lost for the fifth time in eight outings and dropped two games under .500 in the Big 12 Conference, jeopardizing its NCAA Tournament at-large chances.

"I thought just before the half, that the game started to slip away from us just a little bit," Texas Tech coach Bob Knight said. "We kind of hung in there and in the second half, we got off to a pretty good start, but we couldn't sustain it."

The Red Raiders had few answers defensively for Missouri, which shot 56 percent from the field (31-of-55) and had a much more balanced attack with four players in double figures.

Rickey Paulding scored 20 points, Ricky Clemons 14 and Travon Bryant 13 for the Tigers. Will Chavis was the only other player in double figures for Texas Tech with 12 points.

"We worked very hard to generate offense and that's something I think our guys are conscious of, but we haven't done it for 40 minutes," Snyder said. "I thought we were really close to that today."

The Red Raiders shot 55 percent in the second half, but Missouri was even better at 61 percent.

Emmett's jumper pulled Texas Tech within 53-50 with 12:34 remaining, but Johnson scored six straight points, giving the Tigers a 59-50 lead with 10:25 left.

"Kids that work really hard and improve themselves really impress me," Knight said. "And Johnson really impresses me in that regard."

"When he (Johnson) seals his man and gets the ball, nobody can stop him," Clemons added. "Good things happen when we get the ball to the post, and we're going to continue to give him the ball."

Johnson's two foul shots made it 77-63 with 3:01 to go. After Texas Tech climbed within eight, Clemons' 3-pointer stretched Missouri's advantage to 80-69 with 1:27 to play.

Emmett helped keep Texas Tech in the game in the first half with 16 points, exactly half his team's total. His jumper gave the Red Raiders a 19-14 lead with 12:52 to go.

Missouri answered with a 15-4 spurt, taking a 29-23 lead on Johnson's layup with 6:14 remaining in the half. The Tigers led, 38-32, at the intermission.

It was the first game for Texas Tech since Knight recorded his 800th career victory, an accomplishment that was noted by Missouri's public address announcer during the pre-game introductions.

"That was nice," Knight said. "I didn't think it called for cartwheels or anything, but it was nice."


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