College Basketball

more stats

No. 12 Missouri holds off upset-minded Bucknell

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 19:09:49 ET

Other Stories

  • NASL: RailHawks vs. Ft. Lauderdale

    Today at 7:30 am on WRAL-2

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: RBC Heritage

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Zurich Classic of New Orleans

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MLB: Atlanta Braves at NY Mets

    Tonight at 7:05 on 99.9 The Fan

  • MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Boston Red Sox

    Tomorrow at 7:05 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
Final
PIT 3
MIL 5
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
Final
CLE 2
TOR 3
Final
DET 6
ANA 11
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
Final
BOS 4
BAL 8
Final
TAM 11
NYY 5
Final
MIA 8
SEA 4
Final
TEX 12
CWS 0
Final
KAN 5
MIN 0
Final
COL 12
PHI 1
Final
OAK 11
HOU 3
Final
LOS 2
ARI 4
Final
SDP 2
SFG 1
1:05pm Today
WAS
STL
 
1:05pm Today
CLE
TOR
 
1:08pm Today
DET
ANA
 
1:35pm Today
BOS
BAL
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
MIN
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
CIN
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
HOU
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
ATL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIA
SEA
 
8:05pm Tonight
TEX
CWS
 
8:10pm Tonight
LOS
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
COL
PHI
 
8:40pm Tonight
SDP
SFG
 
12:30pm Today
TOR
BRK
3:30pm Today
LAC
GSW
7:00pm Tonight
IND
ATL
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
Final
ANA 3
DAL 2
3:00pm Today
STL
CHI
7:00pm Tonight
PIT
CLB
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
7:05pm Tonight
NOR
DUR