Feb. 13, 2013
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Missouri Basketball Notes - Mizzou vs. Mississippi State - Feb. 13, 2013
Missouri improved to 3-1 all-time vs. Mississippi State and earned its first win at Humphrey Coliseum. The victory was also Mizzou's first road win of the season. Head Coach Frank Haith improved to 2-0 in Starkville as a head coach, including a win during the 2007-08 campaign while head coach at Miami.
Mizzou's 42-point win was the largest margin of defeat for Mississippi State in Humphrey Coliseum history. It was also the first time Mississippi State has been held below 40 points since 1996 when George Washington limited the Bulldogs to 36.
Missouri earned its 18th win of the season and is now two wins shy of the program's fifth consecutive 20-win campaign.
Missouri has a two-game winning streak in league play and continues road play on Saturday afternoon at Arkansas.
Missouri earned its 125th win over the last five seasons, making this current run the winningest five-year stretch in school history.
Phil Pressey dished his 500th career assist tonight. He entered the game with 499 assists, the all-time leader at Mizzou and pushed his career mark to 507. Pressey tied the assist record and broke the record with assists to Jabari Brown last Saturday vs. Ole Miss and reached 500 on Brown's trey to open tonight's scoring.
Pressey has 167 assists this season, moving into third in school history for a single season. Pressey passed Lee Coward who dished 164 dimes in 1988-89. Anthony Peeler is No. 2 on the single-season list with 179 assists in 1989-90. Pressey is the single-season assist leader with his 223 assists last season.
Mizzou won the battle of the backboards for the 20th time in 24 tries. The Tigers have won the rebounding advantage in seven consecutive games and boast a +11.7 rebounding margin during that stretch.
Keion Bell has five treys over his last two games. Coming into last Saturday vs. Ole Miss Bell had made just four treys all season.
Bell reached double figures for the eighth consecutive game dating back to the meeting at Ole Miss on Jan. 12. Bell is averaging 16.8 points per game over that stretch.
Bell has also reached 20 points in scoring in three of his last four games and has 29 career 20-point games. The 24 tied his high as a Missouri Tiger. Bell is averaging 20.3 points on 59 percent shooting from the floor and 56 percent shooting from three-point range over that four-game stretch.
Jabari Brown added 20 points and reached 20 points for the third time in his young career. Brown had 22 vs. Alabama and 21 against Vanderbilt.
Alex Oriakhi was in double figures in rebounding once again. He added 10 boards in 22 minutes to go with three blocked shots.
Missouri had three players in double figures tonight, Bell (24), Brown (20) and Laurence Bowers (11). The Tigers continue to be the lone high major team in college basketball with six players averaging at least 10.0 points per game scoring this year.