Posted on January 10, 2013 at 2:11 PM
Monday, Jan 14 at 11:44 AM
COLUMBIA, Mo (Missouri Basketball App) – For the second consecutive season TIger point guard Phil Pressey is among the 20 watch list finalists for the 2013 Bob Cousy Award.
The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guard in men’s college basketball.
An original list of 80 candidates was trimmed down by a national committee to 20, and Pressey finds himself in elite company. Among the finalists are Duke’s Quinn Cook, OSU’s defensive wizard Aaron Craft, dynamic scorer Peyton Siva of Louisville, and Trey Burke of the resurgent Wolverines.
Pressey has been on a tear over the last three weeks.The Dallas native has recorded career highs in assists and scoring and set single-game assist records at both Mizzou Arena and Pauley Pavilion (UCLA).Pressey opened his run with a 12-point, 11-assist double-double vs. previously undefeated Illinois in the Bud Light Braggin’ Rights game in St. Louis and then recorded the first 19-point, 19-assist game in basketball (college or NBA) since John Stockton with the Utah Jazz during the 1990-91 season.
Flip enjoyed that 19-19 game in a losing effort at UCLA and broke the Pauley Pavilion record in the process.
The 19 assists were also the most in college basketball since 2008 and the most by a major college performer since 2000.
Pressey then followed that with a career high 26 points on January 5 to lead the Tigers to a win over Bucknell, and was also named SEC Player of the Week.
In the SEC opener, the Tiger general put up 11 points and dished 13 assists to top Alabama. Those 13 dimes tied the Mizzou Arena record.
Over his last four games Pressey has logged three point-assist double-doubles and is averaging 17.0 points and 12.0 assists.
His 7.6 assists per game are the most in school history and rank No. 6 nationally.
Missouri Basketball returns to action on Saturday night at Ole Miss. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Oxford, Miss., and the game will be televised live on FSN.