Pressey, Missouri stay perfect at home
Sophomore guard gives Tigers second-half push past Longhorns
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Phil Pressey had 18 points, including seven consecutive to get No. 9 Missouri out of trouble in the second half of an 84-73 victory against Texas on Saturday.
Ricardo Ratliffe made his first eight shots and had 21 points and Marcus Denmon had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (16-1, 3-1 Big 12). Ratliffe, who takes all his shots close to the basket, entered the game leading the nation in shooting at 76.8 percent.
J'Covan Brown had 34 points, including the 1,000th of his career, for Texas (12-5, 2-2). Myck Kabongo had 12 points and 10 assists and Jonathan Holmes had 10 points and seven rebounds for the Longhorns.
Pressey had 10 assists, reaching double figures for the fourth time this season and the first in conference play. Missouri is 10-0 at home, all the victories by double digits.
Down by 16 points in the first half, Texas shaved the deficit to five midway through the second half with an 11-3 run -- Missouri's lone points coming on a three-point play by Pressey.
Pressey ended the threat with a 3-pointer, two free throws and a steal and uncontested dunk in a span of 50 seconds to make it 69-57 with 8:31 to play. After Sheldon McClellan scored from the baseline for Texas, Pressey fed Steve Moore for an inside basket.
Denmon was the only Missouri player who didn't score in double figures in the last game, a victory at Iowa State on Wednesday, with six points on 1 of 5 shooting. He had 14 points at halftime on Saturday.
Missouri was 8 for 11 from 3-point range in the first half, four of the 3s from Denmon, while taking a 43-30 lead. The Tigers were strong inside, too, with Ratliffe hitting all five shots from point-blank range.
Texas held its previous two opponents to 51 and 49 points, but Missouri blew past that total early in the second half. Missouri was just 2 for 10 on 3-pointers in the second half.
Texas had foul trouble in the first half, with Clint Chapman limited to two points in 4 minutes and reserve Alexis Wangmene scoreless with four rebounds in 11 minutes.