Mizzou 98, Ole Miss 79



Feb. 9, 2013

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Mizzou Head Coach Frank Haith

On an all-around good performance by the Tigers....
"I think we played well, the guys showed great intensity, particularly early in the ball game where I think we did a really good job of establishing a low-post presence. (Murphy) Holloway really hurt us earlier in the year down in Oxford, so it was important that we were able to neutralize him and obviously Alex had a tremendous night; 22 points, 18 rebounds. I also thought Phil (Pressey), Keion (Bell) and Jabari (Brown) all played very well.

On the Tigers ability to maintain their early lead....
"It was important that we were able to keep scoring. I thought we had some slips on the defensive end, so it wasn't perfect, but all in all we did a nice job holding our composure.

On containing Marshall Henderson....
I think we did a great job on him both times. Keion (Bell) was able to use his strength and size - he did a really nice job."

On what this win means for the Tigers, going forward....
"They're one of the better teams in our conference, but if we can play the way we did today, then the skies the limit for us. I think we just need to continue to do the little things. I told the guys in the locker room that we have seven starters the way we play, so it can be anyone's night every time we walk out there. If we play with the attitude that we did tonight - we have a chance to be a pretty good team. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Mizzou Men's Basketball Player Quotes

Junior Guard Phil Pressey

On playing soon after the Texas A&M game...

"We knew as a team coming in that the SEC play was going to be tough. We needed to come out shooting early, and I think this was a great way to do it.

On proving himself to any critics after his last performance...

"I just tried to play my game; I had a great start offensively and defensively and tried to ride that. I just feel like my team sometimes starts the way I start, and I knew I had to have a good start to this game."

On the crispness on the offensive side of the ball...

"I have to give that credit to Coach Haith. We run his offense as best we can, and today it worked really well out there. We work on it every day on practice, so we just try to take that work into the game."

On breaking Anthony Peeler's career assist record...

"It's pretty crazy. I just want to make sure I get enough to shatter it. I know who Anthony Peeler is, and it's a great honor."

Senior Guard Keion Bell...
On shooting the three-pointer early and often...

"I just have to step into my shot confidently enough to get on a roll. Coach always tells me that building confidence builds my shot, so I just tried to use that confidence today."

On guarding Marshall Henderson...

"It was really exhausting guarding (Henderson). He was coming off two, three screens sometimes and my team really did a good job of helping with that. I watched a lot of film on him and tried to do a good job of making it more complicated for him to get his shot off. My teammates did an excellent job of jumping to the ball when he got it, so it wasn't just me doing a good job of guarding him. It was a whole team effort."

Senior Forward Alex Oriakhi
On guarding Murphy Holloway...

"He was definitely our main focus coming into this game. I got a lot of help from Earnest and Laurence. We tried to get him to focus on that left hand because he likes to go left a lot."


Ole Miss Head Coach Andy Kennedy

On playing at Missouri...
"I thought it just goes to show a tale of two different games. The first time we played Missouri I thought we were much more aggressive defensively. We contained them a little bit better by holding them to 49 points. We were on our heels from the jump. Pressey in the open floor, if you don't contain him in space, he's going to cut you up. One guy makes a shot, another guy makes a shot, then it becomes infectious. Anything they did miss, Oriakhi was getting off the offensive glass. They just dominated us all over the floor."

On defensive rebounding...
"I know he's {Murphy Holloway} the leading rebounder in the history of our program and the leading SEC rebounder. For him to get one defensive rebound, for Reginald Buckner to get one defensive rebound, and for Marshall Henderson to lead us in defensive rebounds, it just doesn't bode well for us. We have to be able to rebound the ball. The shots that they were missing, we have to corral and convert. We have to do a better job of that."

On the environment inside Mizzou Arena...
"I thought we initially were on our heels. It seemed like we were running uphill the whole game. At the end of the half, Marshall hits a three and we cut it to 16, then have the first possession in the second half. You get a couple baskets together and put some game pressure on them, then make some adjustments. Anytime they did miss shots, which was not often, Oriahki got the offensive rebound."


Ole Miss Player Quotes

Sophomore Guard Jarvis Summers

On the difference of this team since seeing Missouri last...
"I wouldn't say we're different. Mentally, we just have to come together. And in practice, we just get on each other a little more."

On the difference in the Missouri team since the last meeting...
"They just came out and played together as a team. They lost one and came out and refused to lose at home. Our approach just wasn't right."

On Missouri defending Murphy Holloway differently...
"I wouldn't say they did. Like I said, it's about approach. We just didn't approach the game right. We came out and didn't have any real rhythm. We have to regroup and get ready for the next game."

On having Nick Williams back...
"It felt really good. You know he's going to put that work in. He's going to do what he has to do because he's going to lead us."



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