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NCAA Game Summary - Bucknell at Missouri



(Saturday, January 5th)

Final Score: (12) Missouri 66, Bucknell 64

Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Phil Pressey scored a game-high 26 points and added five assists as No. 12 Missouri held off Bucknell for a 66-64 win.

Laurence Bowers scored 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds while Alex Oriakhi added nine points and seven boards for the Tigers (11-2), who bounced back from their overtime loss to UCLA on Dec. 28.

"Obviously this was a great win for us," said Missouri head coach Frank Haith. "We beat a really good Bucknell team; well coached, just position defense. The first half we were impatient a little bit on both ends of the court."

Mike Muscala scored 25 points with 14 rebounds and Cameron Ayers gave 13 points and seven boards for the Bison (13-3), who had a two-game winning streak broken.

"We are really disappointed. I thought we played well, I thought we really executed the game plan, I felt we really competed," said Bucknell head coach Dave Paulsen. "But what we told our guys in the locker room after the game is this veteran group that has played in a lot of games, has come close a lot of times and we need to find a way to summon a little bit more to come through at the end to win a game like this."

Missouri trailed by four points to start the second half, but quickly took the lead when Stefan Jankovic hit a 3-pointer and followed that with a dunk.

The game stayed close until Bucknell opened a four-point lead on a Bryson Johnson 3-pointer with 5 1/2 minutes to play, but Bowers and Pressey followed with buckets to tie the contest.

Joe Willman then made a bucket and Pressey followed with two free throws. After Muscala turned the ball over, Pressey missed a pair of shots but grabbed the offensive board both times and eventually drained a 3-pointer for a 60-57 lead with under three minutes to play.

After an exchange of baskets, Muscala made a layup with 40.7 seconds left and was fouled on the shot, but he missed the free throw and Keion Bell followed with a basket at the other end for a 64-61 score with 33.2 left.

Willman missed his chance, but grabbed the board and gave it to Muscala for a layup with 13 seconds showing. After Pressey missed a free throw, Bucknell had a chance to tie, but Muscala received a pass with a foot out of bounds and Earnest Ross hit both of his attempts from the line with three seconds left to seal the win.

The first half was played tight, but the Bison took the lead for good on an Ayers 3-pointer with 9 1/2 minutes to play in the first half.

Bucknell's lead reached as high as five points before the team took a 28-24 advantage into the break.

Game Notes

Missouri starts conference play on Tuesday when it will host Alabama ... Bucknell begins conference action next Saturday when it hosts Army ... This was the first meeting between these two schools ... Missouri shot 42.9 percent while Bucknell made 41.9 percent of its shots.

01/05 19:09:05 ET

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
2nd
SFG 1
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 45
 
Half
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
Half
LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
Half
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
Half
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
2nd
TENN 0
ALA 20
 
2nd
AUB 14
SCAR 14
 
1st
PSU 0
OSU 7
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NYI 4
DAL 4
 
2nd Intermission
PHI 1
DET 1
 
2nd
OTT 1
NJD 1
 
2nd
MON 1
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 1
CHI 1
 
1st
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
1st
MIN 3
TAM 1
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14