By JOHN KEKIS
AP Sports Writer
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - 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
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
Laurence Bowers scored 15 points and J.T. Tiller had 10 points
and five steals for Missouri.