Jan. 16, 2012
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Mizzou improves to 17-1 overall and 4-1 in Big 12 Conference play.
Tigers improve to 17-1. The record is tied for the second best start in Tiger history. The 1981-82 squad opened the year 18-0, while the 1989-90, 1920-21 and 1917-18 teams all had marks of 17-1.
The senior class now has an all-time record of 62-3 at Mizzou Arena.
Mizzou snapped an eight-game winning streak by Texas A&M in the series. The Tigers' last win against the Aggies, a 74-68 victory, was in the 2004 Big 12 Tournament.
The victory was the first for Missouri over Texas A&M in Mizzou Arena. The Aggies had won the previous three meetings in the building.
The Tigers shot a season high 87.1 (27-31) percent from the free throw line during the game. It marked the 10th time this season the Tigers shot at least 80 percent from the charity stripe.
Junior Michael Dixon paced the Tigers with 18 points. He shot 4-of-7 from behind the arc in the game, which tied a career high of 3-point makes in a single contest.
Dixon was joined in double figures by senior Ricardo Ratliffe (17 points, six rebounds), senior Marcus Denmon (16 points, nine rebounds) and sophomore Phil Pressey (10 points, seven rebounds).
Ratliffe reached double figures for his team leading 16th game this season. Denmon reached the mark for the 15th time this year, Dixon for the 12th time and Phil Pressey for the eighth time.
Denmon recorded a team high nine rebounds. In MU's five Big 12 games, Denmon leads the team in rebounding at 7.4 per game. In just his last two games, he is averaging 10.0 rebounds.
Phil Pressey pulled down a career high seven rebounds in the game, bettering his previous high of six against SEMO in the season opener.
Mizzou had five players record at least five rebounds for the first game this season (Denmon - 9, P. Pressey - 7, Ratliffe - 6, Dixon - 6, English - 6). The team has had four players grab at least five rebounds five times this season.