COLUMBIA (KMOX) – It was a new day and a new game for the Tigers, who were looking to bounce back after a tough road loss at Texas A&M on Thursday. Coach Frank Haith’s team got off to a quick start against Ole Miss in front of a crowd of over 14,000 in Mizzou Arena. Mizzou finished the first half, up 50-34 on the Rebels, already having surpassed their point total (49) in their previous battle with Ole Miss on the road.
The Tigers’ first score came on a three point shot from Keion Bell. This play set the tone for the rest of the game as Mizzou ended up making 12 of 23 shots from beyond the arc (52.2%). The Tigers also dominated the Rebels on the boards, out-rebounding them 50 to 32.
Junior point guard Phil Pressey had a milestone game as he passed Anthony Peeler for the most assists all-time in Mizzou school history. When asked about the accomplishment, Pressey replied, “It’s crazy, I just want to shatter it so nobody can touch it.”
The game’s excitement was taken up a notch when Mizzou’s Alex Oriaki and Ole Miss’s Reginald Buckner were tangled up. Laurence Bowers got involved as emotions from both teams ran high. Once the officials got the players separated, Mississippi’s Buckner was ejected from the game and Missouri’s Oriakhi, Bowers, and Brown were each issued technical fouls.
After the confrontation, the game progressed in Mizzou’s favor. The Tigers won by a score of 98 to 79. Not even two days after their hard fought loss at Texas A&M, Coach Haith’s squad put together a dominant showing. The biggest question remaining is whether or not the Tigers can take performances like these on the road. Saturday’s win proved that for this Mizzou hoops team, there’s just no place like home.
- A. Kastman
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