Clemson falls in NCAA Tournament first round


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

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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