Mizzou Gets Revenge in Physical Battle with Ole Miss

John Flattery brings you all the intense highlights from Missouri basketball’s matchup against SEC foe Ole Miss.

Saturday, Feb. 9-

After yet another tough road loss to Texas A&M on Thursday, the No. 21 Missouri Tigers came out firing on all cylinders as they routed Ole Miss 98-79. Mizzou extended its home winning streak to 15 games.

Missouri (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference) used the three-point shot to get ahead and stay ahead throughout the entire game. The Tigers started the game shooting 7-11 from beyond the arc and finished 12-23. They seemed to get a big three whenever they needed it. Mizzou was up 31-13 just ten minutes into the first half. But when they did misfire, the big man in the middle, Alex Oriakhi was there to clean up the mess, as he had ten offensive rebounds.

Oriakhi led the way for Mizzou with a career-high 22 points along with 18 total rebounds and three blocks. He shot 7-10 from the field and 8-12 from the foul line.

Oriakhi dominated all game, but he let his emotions get to him as he committed an intentional foul on Reginald Buckner with 7:30 left in the second half. Buckner proceeded to go after Oriakhi, but Tigers Laurence Bowers and Jabari Brown stepped in. After quite a long delay for the referees to sort things out, Oriakhi, Bowers, Brown and Buckner all received technical fouls, however Buckner was ejected from the contest.

Phil Pressey had four assists to break Anthony Peeler’s Mizzou record and also put up 22 points on 9-23 shooting from the field and 4-8 from three.

Seven players played at least 19 minutes for Mizzou and five of them scored in double figures. Senior Keion Bell finished with 21, Jabari Brown posted 14, and Earnest Ross had 10 off the bench.

Ole Miss got within fourteen early on in the second half, but couldn’t get any closer as Missouri kept getting easy buckets to keep the game well in hand. And with the Tigers going 16-20 from the line, Ole Miss just couldn’t find a hole in the Mizzou offense.

Guards Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers led the way for Mississippi (18-5, 7-3), as they each had 16 points.

This hotly contested matchup was a rematch of the Rebels victory over the then No. 10 Tigers in Oxford, Miss.

Missouri heads to Starkville, Miss., to take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

-Jeremy Schrank
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Staff Writer