COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 11 Kentucky staved off considerable first-half foul trouble and relied on its capable perimeter shooters to beat Missouri 84-79 Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Kentucky (16-5, 6-2 SEC) bounced back after its 87-82 loss Tuesday to LSU cast several questions about the team's ability and willingness to play hard when faced with adversity.

Whatever questions were lingering from the Wildcats' loss to LSU on Tuesday were quickly answered against Missouri. Kentucky opened the game with a five-point lead at the first media timeout. Despite getting close, Missouri did not get back the lead in the first half after it opened the game up 2-0.

Missouri (16-5, 4-4) closed the gap in the first half to 28-26 with five minutes to go, but that is when the Wildcats' offense woke up. Kentucky ended the first half on a 12-6 run, and their three perimeter players -- point guard Andrew Harrison, shooting guard Aaron Harrison and small forward James Young -- scored all 12 points in that span.

The Tigers could not mount a run for the early part of the second half; Kentucky's defense was forcing tough shots and playing freely after centers Dakari Johnson and Willie Cauley-Stein spent much of the first half benched with two fouls each.

Then midway through the second half, the light came on for Missouri guard Jabari Brown. He was very good in the first half -- he had 11 points -- but he single-handedly put Missouri back in the game with his hot hand.

Missouri went on a 16-4 run over a five-minute span, and Brown scored eight of those points. He then scored four more unanswered to bring Missouri to within 66-63.

Missouri never got closer than those three points.

Brown finished with a game-high 33 points, and Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson finished with 28. The two combined to shoot 21 of 34 from the floor.

Guard Aaron Harrison led the Wildcats with 21 points and power forward Julius Randle finished with 18 points and nine rebounds.

Kentucky's 53.6 field-goal percentage was its best in SEC play.

NOTES: Kentucky has won both games over the Tigers since Missouri joined the SEC before last season. ... Saturday's game was Kentucky's first playing at Missouri in school history. ... Freshman center Dakari Johnson got his first career start Saturday. He finished with two points and one rebound in 11 minutes.