With six minutes to go Saturday, Jordan Clarkson hit a fadeaway and pumped his fist nonchalantly, as if he knew Missouri could finally catch up with Kentucky.
It never happened.
Jabari Brown scored a career-high 33 points and Clarkson finished with 28, but the Tigers lost 84-79 after trailing for the final 38 minutes. Missouri (16-5, 4-4 Southeastern Conference) narrowed its deficit to 80-77 with 51.9 seconds remaining on Clarkson's layup, but Aaron Harrison answered with a layup 30 seconds later to end the threat.
''We're a talented team,'' Clarkson said. ''We weren't going to let them just blow us out.''
Harrison scored 21 points and James Young added 20 to help No. 11 Kentucky (16-5, 6-2) improve to 2-3 on the road after losing 87-82 at LSU on Tuesday. Harrison's 3-pointer just 1:42 into the game gave the team a lead it wouldn't relinquish, but it wasn't easy.
Despite the teams combining for 41 fouls and the lack of lea...