Pressey frustrates Higgins in Missouri men's basketball win over Colorado

Saturday, February 5, 2011 | 11:18 p.m. CST
MU guard Marcus Denmon, No. 12, goes up for a shot with University of Colorado's Shannon Sharpe trying to stop him. Denmon scored 17 points on Saturday.

COLUMBIA —  Colorado guard Cory Higgins was driving up court, and Missouri's Phil Pressey was constantly taking swipes. So Higgins took his left forearm and shoved it into Pressey’s chest.

The shove forced the Missouri guard back several feet, causing his arms to flail and his feet to fall out from underneath him.


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The crowd at Mizzou Arena erupted in boos, but no foul was called. With Pressey temporarily helpless, Higgins took advantage, using the extra space to take a jump shot.

On Colorado’s next possession, Higgins tried to push Pressey again, but when Pressey saw Higgins’ arm coming towards him, he dove for the ball, knocking it between Higgins’ legs.

Pressey later said that, at that moment, he knew he had flustered Higgins.

“I like that because that means I’m getting to him,” Pressey said. “I don’t think there’s anybody that can go by me, so the harder I play, the more frustrated he’s going to become.”

“He didn’t want to dribble the ball anymore after that,” Pressey joked.

After the timeout, Colorado coach Tad Boyle kept Higgins on the bench. On Missouri’s next possession, Pressey made a 3-pointer. Watching from the bench, Higgins grabbed the “Colorado” on the front of his jersey and pulled it up, completely hiding his frustrated face.

Pressey continuously rattled Higgins, causing him to commit a team-high eight turnovers, part of a team total of 23 turnovers. 

It took its toll on Colorado (15-9, 4-5), which fell to host Missouri 89-73.

Missouri coach Mike Anderson has called Pressey a "gnat" for Missouri's opponents, referring to Pressey's defensive pressure. 

After the game, Higgins was defensive when asked whether Pressey’s steals had gotten inside his head.

“No, I wasn’t frustrated at all,” Higgins said. “He just made a good play and stole the ball from me. It was one time though.”

Pressey led Missouri (18-5, 4-4) with five steals and was one of five Missouri players to score in double figures, finishing with 13 points.

“Phil was very good, and Cory never got on track tonight like he did in Boulder,” Boyle said. “We didn’t handle the pressure well. Phil’s a heck of a defender and has great quickness, so I thought he was a big difference tonight.”

In Colorado’s 89-76 win over Missouri earlier this season, the Buffaloes committed only 10 turnovers against Missouri.

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Yves Montclear February 6, 2011 | 12:57 a.m.

Somebody, please, slap Nick Forrester around. Wake him up.

This is a poorly written recap of the game, the actual facts, that happened.

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