Jan. 5, 2013
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Missouri Basketball Notes
Mizzou vs. Bucknell - Jan. 5, 2013
Today's game was the first in series history between the Tigers and Bison. Missouri also finished the non-conference season undefeated for the seventh consecutive year and completes the year with 73 consecutive non-league wins inside Mizzou Arena. That streak dates back to the season opening game of the 2005-06 campaign and a loss to Sam Houston State in the Preseason NIT.
Today's announced crowd of 13,856 was a season high. The previous high was 10,613 in the win over South Carolina State. In addition, Missouri only has tickets remaining for home games against Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The rest of the conference season is sold out.
Missouri trailed at the half for the third time this season. Bucknell led 28-24 at the break and the 24 points were the fewest for Missouri since scoring 23 in the first half vs. Tennessee State. The Tigers are 2-0 at home when trailing at the break however. The club was down, 45-35, to Southeast Missouri State on Dec. 4.
Missouri was a perfect 5-of-5 from three-point range in the second half. Bucknell was also solid from three-point distance in the second frame hitting 5-of-8 triples.
The Tigers maximized possessions in the second half, committing just two turnovers. The Tigers finished with just eight turnovers for the game.
Phil Pressey is on a career high tear of late. Following his 19 points and 19 assists at UCLA, Pressey dropped in a career high 26 points vs. Bucknell. His previous high was 23 against Texas last season in the conference tournament. Pressey now has five career 20-point games.
The 26 tallies equaled Laurence Bowers for the team high this year. L-Bo dropped in 26 in the win against SEMO. Coincidentally the Tigers came from behind at the half to win that game as well.
The win was Missouri's 118th over the last five seasons, the third most in school history in a five-year stretch, equaling the 118 wins registered by the Tigers from 1986-91. The winningest five-year period in program history was from 2007-12, 123 wins.
Missouri improved to 25-9 in January since the 2008-09 campaign. The Tigers also won their 13th consecutive game immediately following the new year.
No team has topped 70 at Mizzou Arena this year after Bucknell finished with 64 points.
Missouri failed to win the rebounding advantage for the first time this season. The Bison out-rebouned the Tigers 39-38.
Phil Pressey has dished 35 assists over his last three games and with his five dimes today he moved into a tie for third all-time in school history. He equaled Larry Drew (current Atlanta Hawks Head Coach) with 433. Pressey now has 433 career dimes and needs 56 more to pass Melvin Booker (488) for second all-time at MU. Anthony Peeler is the school-record holder with 497.
Pressey is also just seven dimes shy of topping the century mark in assists for the third consecutive season. He now has 93.
Laurence Bowers reached double-figures in scoring for the eighth consecutive game. Bowers finished the game with 16 points and eight boards.
Missouri now enters league play. The Tigers play their inaugural Southeastern Conference game against Alabama on Tuesday at 6 p.m. That game is also the lid-lifter for the entire conference.