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Kentucky tops Missouri

Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Andrew Harrison scored 15 points and No. 1 Kentucky stayed unbeaten with a relatively restrained 69-53 win over Missouri on Thursday.

The Wildcats (20-0, 7-0 SEC) made only two 3-pointers, blocked just one shot and recorded a mere eight assists. Still, they trailed for just 59 seconds, in part because of their 27-13 free throw advantage, but largely from their seemingly impenetrable defense, which forced 15 turnovers.

Aaron Harrison scored 11 points, Devin Booker added nine, and Dakari Johnson chipped in eight points and seven rebounds for the victors.

Kentucky is off to its first 20-0 start under John Calipari and sent Missouri (7-13, 1-6) to its first six-game losing streak since the 2005-06 season.

Wes Clark led the Tigers with 19 points, while Johnathan Williams III added 10 points in a losing cause.

These teams met in Lexington two weeks ago, and Missouri was on the losing end of an embarrassing 86-37 final score.

When Kentucky scored the first six points in the opening 90 seconds Thursday, there was palpable tension in the crowd hoping their Tigers could at least keep it respectable. That concern waned when Williams drained a 3-pointer, and visions of an upset ensued after Clark hit consecutive 3s to give Missouri a 13-12 lead.

"They came back and played like how I expected them to play," Calipari said of Missouri. "I knew it was going to be like that."

The Wildcats quieted things by scoring 12 of the final 16 points of the first half, but the Tigers were still within a manageable 34-25 at the break.

After making 54.2 percent of their shots in the first half, the Wildcats were held without a field goal for nearly five minutes after the break. They did, however, attack the basket and force multiple fouls to quickly earn their way into the bonus.

Missouri was within six before Andrew Harrison scored seven straight points -- five from the foul line -- to give Kentucky a 45-35 cushion.

The closest it got from there was 11.

"We lost by 50 down there, and we lost by 16 tonight. We had better effort, but we're still not where we need to be," Clark said.

Game Notes

Kentucky has won all eight meetings vs. Missouri ... Kentucky junior Willie Cauley-Stein was held scoreless until making a layup with under three minutes to play ... The Wildcats' bench outscored Missouri's reserves 30-15 ... Kentucky hosts Alabama on Saturday ... Missouri ends its three-game homestand Saturday against Ole Miss.