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Missouri stifles Booker, beats Clemson 86-78

Mar 19, 2010 5:33:00 PM - thestate.com
Kim English and Keith Ramsey each scored 20 points, and Missouri's swarming defense lived up to its reputation during an 86-78 victory over Clemson in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday.

Missouri (23-10), the 10th seed in the East Regional, won its fifth straight opening-round game and sent seventh-seeded Clemson (21-11) home for the third consecutive year after a first-round loss. Clemson coach Oliver Purnell is winless in six trips to the NCAA tournament with three schools.

Missouri forced 20 turnovers, nabbed 15 steals and stifled Clemson star Trevor Booker for 35 minutes. Booker finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the final game of his career. Demontez Stitt led Clemson with 21 points, Andre Young had 19 and Jerai Grant 12.

Laurence Bowers scored 15 points and J.T. Tiller had 10 points and five steals for Missouri.

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