Missouri men's basketball drops overtime decision to Texas A&M

Saturday, January 15, 2011 | 5:28 p.m. CST; updated 5:35 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 15, 2011

Phil Pressey wanted a foul to be called.

With Missouri trailing 88-87 with 28 seconds remaining in overtime, Pressey drove to the basket for a layup. As he jumped in the air, Texas A&M guard B.J. Holmes swung his right hand down at the ball and swiped it out of Pressey's hands. Holmes recovered the deflected ball and immediately passed it to teammate Khris Middleton. Missouri forward Laurence Bowers was then forced to foul Middleton to stop the clock and still give Missouri one last chance.

After Bowers’ foul stopped play, Pressey looked at the referees, waiting for a foul to be called on Holmes for the swipe.

But that call never came.

Texas A&M defeated Missouri 91-89 in overtime.

“I thought I got the foul, but we’re not going to get the same calls on the road that we do at home,” Pressey said in a telephone interview. “It was a call that could’ve gone either way, but it’s their home, so it’s going to go their way.”

Missouri coach Mike Anderson also felt a foul should have been called on Holmes.

"Foul, big-time foul," Anderson said when asked about the play in the postgame press conference. "I think the 11,000 in this audience witnessed it, but the ones that should have seen it, didn't see it."

Middleton then went to the free-throw line and made both shots, giving Texas A&M’s leading scorer who finished the game with 28 points, yet another stab against Missouri.

After those free throws, Pressey still felt Missouri had a chance.

“Just stay in the game,” Pressey said. “Anything can happen, anybody can make a big play still.”

But no one was able to make the big play.

Missouri guard Michael Dixon Jr. passed the ball to Pressey, and the ball sailed right over him on its way out of bounds. It gave the Aggies the ball back. After another Middleton free throw, the deficit was too much for Missouri to overcome with less than 10 seconds remaining.

“I was proud of the effort but not very pleased with the execution, especially going down the stretch,” Anderson said in his postgame radio interview. “I thought we outplayed A&M in a lot of areas but just didn’t finish it.”

Despite the strong second half, Pressey and the rest of his Missouri teammates struggled in the first half. Pressey was held scoreless, and Missouri trailed 40-33 at halftime after Texas A&M went on a big run at the end of the half.

Pressey, who came into the game wearing a glove over tape and padding on his right hand, however, removed the glove at halftime because he said he had a hard time dribbling with that hand with the glove on.

Without the glove weighing on his hand in the second half, and having only the tape and padding to protect it, Pressey couldn’t miss from 3-point range in the 2nd half. He scored 16 points while going a perfect 4-for-4 from beyond the arc.

“You just see his confidence when he’s out there,” Anderson said. “You always have a threat with him because he gets the ball to the right people at the right time.”

The loss marks Missouri's seventh straight to the Aggies.

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