Feb. 9, 2013
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Missouri Basketball Notes
Mizzou vs. Ole Miss - Feb. 9, 2013
Missouri evened the series with Ole Miss 1-1, avenging an earlier 64-49 loss to the Rebels in Oxford, Miss., on Jan. 12. Missouri did not have the services of senior Laurence Bowersin that first meeting.
Missouri earned its 17th win of the season and is now three wins shy of the program's fifth consecutive 20-win campaign.
Missouri is now 14-0 at home this year, joining Florida as the lone unbeaten teams at home in the SEC.
Missouri improved to 134-22 at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers are 81-4 at home since the 2008-09 season.
Missouri pushed its home court winning streak to 15 games. That streak is 10th all-time in school history, one behind the 16 consecutive home games won by Mizzou last season. The streak is also No. 7 nationally.
Keion Bellhit a season high three treys in today's win, going a perfect 3-of-3. Coming into today's game Bell was just 1-of-10 from three-point range dating back to the Dec. 4 win over SEMO.
Congratulations to Phil Pressey, who is now the school record holder for career assists. Pressey dished four dimes this afternoon and passed former Tiger great Anthony Peeler for the all-time mark. Peeler dished 497 assists in four seasons from 1988-92. Pressey now has 499 dimes in just his third season. The record-tying dime was at the 7:09 mark on a trey by Jabari Brownand the record-breaking assist was also to Brown on a transition jumper with 17:33 left in the second half.
Pressey has 159 assists this season, already fourth in single-season history. Pressey needs five more assists for third. Pressey passed Larry Drew (1979-80) on the single-season chart. Pressey owns the single-season assist record with 223 last season.
Missouri earned its 124th win over the last five seasons, making this current run the winningest five-year stretch in school history.
Head Coach Frank Haithimproved to 8-4 against Top 25 opponents at Mizzou. The Tigers are now 2-1 vs. nationally-ranked foes this year, winning against then-No. 10 Illinois (82-73) and No. 23 Ole Miss (98-79), while falling to No. 2 Louisville (84-61).
Mizzou won the battle of the backboards for the 19th time in 23 tries. The Tigers have won the rebounding advantage in six consecutive games and boast a +10.2 rebounding margin during that stretch.
Earnest Ross continues to play well off the pine for Frank Haithand reached double figures for the seventh time off the bench. Ross is averaging 12.1 points when coming off the bench for Haith this year and has seen those numbers elevate to 14.8 when coming off the pine at Mizzou Arena on 20-37 (.541) three-point shooting.
Phil Pressey is nearing his career high for three-point makes in a season. Pressey made 30 as a freshman and 38 last season. Following his four makes today he now has 33 treys this season.
Pressey finished the game with 22 points, his fourth 20-point game of the season. Pressey has seven career 20-point games.
Alex Oriakhi scored a career high 21 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, his high as a Tiger in today's win. It was the first 20-point game of Oriakhi's career. It was also his high rebound total as a Missouri Tiger. His career high was 21 boards for Connecticut in a win at Texas on Jan. 8, 2011.
The double-double was Oriakhi's team-leading eighth of the season.
The last 20-point, 20-rebound game for Mizzou was by Curtis Berry on Jan. 9, 1980, when Berry scored 20 points and grabbed 20 rebounds vs. Kansas.
Oriakhi continues to play well at home since the Tigers' Dec. 8 win over Tennessee State. Big Al is averaging 14.6 points and 10.3 rebounds on 75 percent shooting from the floor.
Missouri had three players with 20-point games during a regular-season game for the first time in more than a decade. The last time the Tigers had three 20-point scorers in a regular-season game was March 3, 2002, vs. Kansas when Clarence Gilbert scored 27, Rickey Paulding had 23 and Kareem Rush poured in 22. The Tigers also had three 20-point scorers in last season's NCAA Tournament loss to Norfolk State.
Mizzou Arena had 14,013 fans attend today's game. The Tigers are averaging 11,400 fans at home this season, the second highest total in school history. The school record for season attendance average is 11,830 set last season. The school is on pace set the facility record for attendance for the fourth consecutive year as the Tigers' final three games are sold out.
Missouri tied its season high with eight three-point makes in the first half. The Tigers hit 8-of-15 treys vs. the Rebels in the opening stanza, equaling the eight threes MU hit vs. Vandy (8-of-15). The Tigers finished the game with 12 triples, equaling the season high of 12, which was established at UCLA on Dec. 28.