AUBURN, Ala. -- Earnest Ross hit four free throws down the stretch and Rodney Clarkson scored 20 points to lead No. 21 Missouri to a 70-68 victory over Auburn on Saturday.
Ross, who spent two seasons at Auburn before transferring in 2011, scored 16 points for Missouri (13-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference).
Unable to get off a tying 3-pointer, Chris Denson missed a layup with 5 seconds left but drew the foul for Auburn (8-5, 0-2). He made one free throw then Torren Jones stepped on the baseline after rebounding the missed second attempt.
Wes Clark batted away Tahj Shamsid-Deen's long inbounds pass to end the game and Jabari Brown collected the ball just before time ran out.
Brown added 15 points on 4-of-13 shooting. Ross had seven rebounds and was perfect on eight attempts from the line. Missouri dominated in rebounds with a 44-28 advantage. Missouri rebounded from an overtime loss to Georgia that snapped a nation's-best 26-game home winning streak.
Shamsid-Deen had 13 points and six a...