Matt Pressey earns plenty of attention in Missouri basketball win

Thursday, November 17, 2011 | 11:23 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Fans don't usually notice senior guard Matt Pressey.

Their attention is focused on the guys who score the most points and grab the most rebounds.

They notice Matt Pressey's younger brother, sophomore point guard Phil Pressey, with his exciting dribbling and passing.

But on Thursday, Matt Pressey got some attention with a 12-point effort in a 83-52 victory against Niagara (1-1) at Mizzou Arena.

Matt Pressey hit two 3-pointers, including one from NBA distance as the buzzer sounded to end the first half. He actually made a third in the second half, but it was taken away because of a foul away from the ball on Phil Pressey.

"He's a valuable guy, and he's playing at a high, high level right now," Missouri coach Frank Haith said.

Missouri (3-0) made 12 3-pointers as a team, with Marcus Denmon making five and Kim English making four.

"With the team we've got, we have a lot of guys that are very good, a lot of guys that can shoot and score," Matt Pressey said.

The talent that surrounds him is why Matt Pressey doesn't mind when his efforts don't show up in the box score. He says that some coaches call him a glue guy — a player that does a little bit of everything to help the team win.

"I make havoc on defense," Matt Pressey said. "On offense, I try to get guys open. My thing is to be very efficient."

And he doesn't mind that his brother gets more attention.

"It's been like that my whole life," Matt Pressey said. "It's all good fun. The fans love him. He's the flashy guy. But the fans love everybody."

Phil Pressey made the most exciting play of Thursday's win with a one-handed fast break dunk in the second half. He scored eight points and contributed one 3-pointer.

While Matt Pressey is the glue guy, he said that his brother is the "floor general."

"He's out there running the team, making sure everybody's in line," Matt Pressey said. "On defense, he wreaks havoc just like I do."

The Pressey brothers, whose father Paul played in the NBA, have combined for 12 steals this season.

This is Matt Pressey's last season at Missouri, but he is excited about what the future holds for his little brother.

"He's not done yet; he's still getting better," Matt Pressey said.

The Pressey brothers live together and spend a lot of time together but say they don't compete with each other as much as they used to. Matt Pressey said they don't play one-on-one games with each other often, but when they do, it goes back and forth.

The Presseys, and the rest of the Tigers, will face their toughest test of the season thus far on Monday against Notre Dame in Kansas City.

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