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No. 9 Missouri beats Texas 84-73
MISSOURI 84, TEXAS 73
By R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri needed someone to step up, and
Phil Pressey was not shy.
The sophomore point guard had 18 points, including seven
straight to get the ninth-ranked Tigers out of trouble in the
second half of an 84-73 victory over Texas on Saturday.
Pressey had 10 assists, and perhaps his most impressive stat was
"He orchestrated the whole game," Texas coach Rick Barnes said.
"Look what he did for the other guys. That's what he does. He
makes the game really easy for those other guys."
Ricardo Ratliffe made his first eight shots and had 21 points
and Marcus Denmon had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers
(16-1, 3-1 Big 12). Ratliffe, who takes all his shots close to
the basket, entered the game leading the nation in shooting at
"I just make sure I try to finish the play whenever they look
for me," Ratliffe said. "I get down on myself sometimes and my
teammates pick me up because I think they don't expect me to
miss anymore, either."
J'Covan Brown scored 34 points, including the 1,000th of his
career, for Texas (12-5, 2-2). The point total is a record for
an opponent at the Mizzou Arena, which opened in 2004, topping
Julian Wright's 33 points for Kansas in 2007.
Brown was 6 for 7 on 3-pointers and made all eight free throws.
"I was just going, just playing. I wasn't worried about carrying
my team," Brown said. "Coach was calling my number and I was
just making big shots."
Myck Kabongo had 12 points and 10 assists and Jonathan Holmes
had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Longhorns. But Clint
Chapman had six points in 16 minutes while saddled with foul
trouble and Sheldon McClellan, Texas' second-leading scorer with
an 11.8-point average, was held to six points on 2-for-8
"It was just silly turnovers, and not capitalizing off our
turnovers," Kabongo said. "We've just got to be smarter than
what we were today."
Pressey reached double figures in assists for the fourth time
this season and the first in conference play. It helped Missouri
go to 10-0 at home, and this was the closest call.
"I tell you what, he had a terrific game," Missouri coach Frank
Haith said. "What he meant to us offensively, what he did out
there was tremendous. He had the ball all the time."
Down by 16 points in the first half, Texas shaved the deficit to
five midway through the second half with an 11-3 run -
Missouri's lone points coming on a three-point play by Pressey.
Pressey ended the threat with a 3-pointer, two free throws and a
steal and uncontested dunk in a span of 50 seconds to make it
69-57 with 8:31 to play. After McClellan scored from the
baseline for Texas, Pressey fed Steve Moore for an inside
Brown missed part of Pressey's torrid stretch while getting a
bloody lip attended to.
Denmon was the only Missouri player who didn't score in double
figures in the last game, a victory at Iowa State on Wednesday,
with six points on 1-for-5 shooting. He had 14 points at
halftime on Saturday.
"Even though the last game I wasn't scoring, you can do other
things to help your team win," Denmon said. "That's what's most
Missouri was 8 for 11 from 3-point range in the first half, four
of the 3s from Denmon, while taking a 43-30 lead. The Tigers
were strong inside, too, with Ratliffe hitting all five shots
from point-blank range.
Texas held its previous two opponents to 51 and 49 points, but
Missouri blew past that total early in the second half. Missouri
was just 2 for 10 on 3-pointers in the second half.
Texas had foul trouble in the first half, with Chapman limited
to two points in 4 minutes and reserve Alexis Wangmene scoreless
with four rebounds in 11 minutes.
Haith, in his first season at Missouri, beat Barnes, his mentor.
Haith was an assistant at Texas from 2001-04, including a Final
Four team and two others that made the final 16, and is 1-1
against Barnes including an NCAA tournament loss while at Miami
Barnes said criticism of Haith's so-so record at Miami was
unwarranted because it was so difficult to win at that school.
"I love Frank," Barnes said. "Missouri did good getting him and
they'd better do everything they can to keep him."
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