Game Notes: Missouri vs. Florida

Game Notes: Missouri vs. Florida

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COLUMBIA, MO - FEBRUARY 09: Cheerleaders perform during the game between the Mississippi Rebels and the Missouri Tigers at Mizzou Arena on February 9, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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by David Reiter, Mizzou Athletics

KMOV.com

Posted on February 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 20 at 11:06 AM

Missouri Basketball Notes

Mizzou vs. Florida - Feb. 19, 2013

Missouri earned its 19th win of the season and is now one win shy of the program’s fifth consecutive 20-win campaign.

Missouri earned its 126th win over the last five seasons, making this current run the winningest five-year stretch in school history.

Missouri and Florida met for the second time in series history and both clubs are the lone remaining SEC teams to be unbeaten at home. Missouri returns home on March 2 vs. LSU with a 16-game winning streak at “The Norm”, the seventh longest streak active in the country.

Missouri is 82-4 at Mizzou Arena since the 2008-09 season and is 30-1 under Head Coach Frank Haith. The Tigers are also 11-1 in games following a loss under Haith.

Missouri has won three consecutive games vs. Top 10 opponents at Mizzou Arena and are 5-2 at home vs. Top 10 teams since 2008-09. The Tigers are 8-4 vs. the Top 12 at Mizzou Arena since the facility opened in 2004-05.

Frank Haith is 9-4 vs. the Top 25 during his time at Mizzou and 5-3 vs. the Top 10. He already owns two Top 10 wins this season, also defeating No. 10 Illinois during the 2012 Bud Light Braggin’ Rights Game in St. Louis.

Pressey continues to work his way up the Missouri career steals chart and finished with three rips tonight. Pressey now has 183+ steals and needs 14 more to pass Anthony Peeler (196) for the school record.

Pressey has 179 assists this season, moving into second in school history for a single season. Anthony Peeler is also No. 2 on the single-season list with 179 assists in 1989-90. Pressey is the single-season assist leader with his 223 assists last year.

Pressey finished the game with 10 dimes, eight of which came in the second half of Mizzou’s rally. Pressey has five games this season with 10+ dimes and 12 over the last two years.

Alex Oriakhi continues to close in on 1,000 career rebounds. Oriakhi has 968 boards in his career and recently topped 1,000 career points in the Feb. 2 victory against Auburn.

Missouri has won the battle of the backboards in nine consecutive games and has been especially dominating on the glass over the last eight outings. Since the Jan. 26 win over Vanderbilt, the Tigers have out-rebounded their opponents by a +13.8 margin per game.

Florida was out-rebounded for just the sixth time this season. It was also the Gators’ largest rebounding deficit. The previous low was (minus) nine vs. Kansas State.

Missouri fought hard despite trailing for 35:38 of the contest. The Tigers and Gators were tied twice at 2-2 and 4-4. Missouri got its first lead with 2:47 left in the contest on a Phil Pressey “and-1”, which made it 58-57.

Keion Bell had his run of nine consecutive games scoring in double figures snapped, but Bell was outstanding nonetheless, hitting 3-of-4 shots and ripping two steals. Over his last four games Bell has been an outstanding 30-of-41 (.732) from the floor

Missouri had seven different players contribute a field goal, including Laurence Bowers who scored a game-high 17 points to go with 10 rebounds. It was the fifth double-double of the year for Bowers and the 11th of his career.

Missouri now has 17 point-rebound double-doubles this season, the most since recording 20 in 2002-03.

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