Ole Miss 79

(18-5, 7-3 SEC)

(21) Missouri 98

(17-6, 6-4 SEC)

    Coverage: CBS

    1:00 PM ET, February 9, 2013

    Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Missouri

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    MISS 34 4579
    #21MIZZ 50 4898

    Top Performers

    Ole Miss: J. Summers 16 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast

    Missouri: A. Oriakhi 22 Pts, 18 Reb, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    No. 21 Mizzou pounds Ole Miss behind Alex Oriakhi's monster game

    Associated Press

    COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Alex Oriakhi's temper got the best of him when he reached up from the court and pulled down Reginald Buckner. After a minute on the bench, the senior forward returned with just as much fire but much better focus.

    Oriakhi had a career-high 22 points to go with 18 rebounds, three blocks and a central role in a second-half fracas of No. 21 Missouri's easy 98-79 victory over Mississippi on Saturday. Five of the rebounds and four points came in a span of 2:35 after he returned.

    "As long as he channels it and gets 18 boards and 22 points, I don't think I'll be unhappy with that," Missouri coach Frank Haith said. "I just don't want him doing anything crazy to hurt our team, and I think that's what he's got to understand.

    "He gets so excited. All you've got to do is just do it on the court, nothing to talk about."

    Phil Pressey had four assists to break Anthony Peeler's career school record and had 22 points for Missouri (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference), which bounced back nicely from its latest discouraging road loss, a 2-point setback at Texas A&M on Thursday. The Tigers are 14-0 at home and 0-5 on the road.

    Haith said the disparity is the "$50 million question."

    "We know we have to get our stuff together and get it going," Pressey said. "This is when we really need to start kicking into our stride to be the best team we can be."

    Marshall Henderson had 16 points on 4-for-15 shooting for Mississippi (18-5, 7-3), which was on the verge of cracking the Top 25 last week but has lost three of four. Jarvis Summers also had 16 points while Murphy Holloway, coming off a career-best 24 points, was held to seven points and one rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Holloway averages 15 points and 10 rebounds and is the career leading rebounder at Ole Miss.

    "It seemed like we were running uphill the entire game," coach Andy Kennedy said. "And anytime they did miss shots, which was not often, Oriakhi got them all."

    Ole Miss whipped then-No. 10 Missouri 64-49 at home on Jan. 12, but gave up 50 points in the first half of the rematch and was outrebounded 50-32.

    "Just awareness, man," said Mississippi forward Nick Williams, who returned after missing two games with a foot injury and had nine points in 26 minutes. "We're not playing with any awareness, any toughness."

    The game got testy with about 7½ minutes to go when Buckner apparently was tripped by Oriakhi after the Tigers scored to make it 80-58 and came up swinging with a couple of wild punches toward Laurence Bowers as Oriakhi danced away.

    Buckner was ejected, leaving the court with a towel draped over his right shoulder and then tossing the towel into the stands after finishing with nine points and four rebounds. Oriakhi was called for a flagrant foul, plus Brown, Bowers and Holloway were whistled for technicals.

    "We just got tangled up. It was just emotions," Oriakhi said. "Two teams battling, that's pretty much it. I'm happy with the way I responded to that incident."

    Kennedy said he didn't see what started the fracas, but was told by officials that Oriakhi was responsible. Mississippi players couldn't help but notice Oriakhi's play not just after the technical, but for the entire game.

    "Once he gets rolling, he starts talking a little bit," Williams said. "I guess that's to help him out a little bit, but he did what he had to do.

    "He was big, he was physical and he punked us."

    Kennedy feared Buckner was facing a suspension and thought the school might hear from the SEC early next week.

    Missouri matched its season best with 12 3-pointers, four by Pressey and three each by Keion Bell and Jabari Brown. Bell added 21 points after entering the game with four 3-pointers all season, and Brown had 14.

    Pressey, a junior, has 499 assists in three seasons, two more than Peeler totaled from 1988-92. He leads the SEC at 7.1 assists per game and finished with four assists and one turnover, one game after committing seven turnovers and missing a potential game-winning shot at Texas A&M.

    "It's crazy," Pressey said of the assists record. "I just want to shatter it so nobody can touch it."

    The 50-point first half was a season best for Missouri, which led by as many as 23 points and had a 16-point halftime lead. After Brown's 3-pointer with 7:07 to go in the half, Missouri was up 38-18 and had more 3-pointers (7) than Mississippi had baskets (6). Pressey was just 4 for 13 overall but hit his first three 3-pointers to fuel the fast start.

    Mississippi shot itself out of the game, at 38 percent overall and 2 for 9 from 3-point range. Coming off a career-best 24-point game against Mississippi State, Holloway was scoreless until 6½ minutes to go and totaled two points in the half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 79 98
    FG Made-Attempted 29-69 (.420) 35-74 (.473)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-18 (.333) 12-23 (.522)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-18 (.833) 16-20 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 3 23

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    Research Notes

    Missouri scored 42 points in the paint Saturday, tied for its most paint points in any SEC game this season. The Tigers are now 13-1 when they score more than 30 points in the paint.
    Missouri grabbed 53.7 percent of its missed shots Saturday, its highest offensive rebounding percentage in a game this season. The Tigers had 26 second-chance points, tied for their second most in any game over the last two seasons. Ole Miss entered the game leading all Big Six conference teams in second-chance points per game but Missouri controlled the glass Saturday.
    Phil Pressey finished today's game with 4 assists, passing Anthony Peeler for the most in Missouri history.
    Alex Oriakhi is just the 2nd player from a Power 6 conference to score 22 points and grab 18 rebounds in the same game this season, joining Boston College forward Ryan Anderson. Oriakhi is the 1st SEC player to accomplish the feat since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did so in December 2011. He's the 1st SEC player with 22 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 blocks in a game since Lawrence Roberts in December 2004.
    With its win over Ole Miss, Missouri improves to 6-0 following losses this season and outscored those opponents by an average of 10.5 PPG. The Tigers haven't lost consecutive games since February of last season.

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