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Columbia Missourian

Missouri men's basketball team defeats Texas

By Laura Oberle
January 14, 2012 | 2:27 p.m. CST
Missouri guard Kim English scores over Texas guard Myck Kabongo and forward Jonathan Holmes during the first half of Saturday's game against Texas in Mizzou Arena. The Tigers beat the Longhorns 84-73.

COLUMBIA — It was Phil Pressey's day. 

In addition to the sophomore guard's 10 assists and two steals, Pressey was the Missouri men's basketball team's second-leading scorer with 18 points in the No. 9 Tigers' 84-73 win over Texas on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. 

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The Tigers led the entire game, but late in the second half, the Longhorns closed to within 62-57. Over the next two minutes, Pressey made a 3-pointer, two free throws, a steal and a slam dunk, and had an assist to senior Steve Moore. 

Pressey's one-man breakaway and dunk brought the sold-out crowd of 14,026 to its feet, and the Tigers extended their five- point lead to 12 points. 

Senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe's 21 points led the Tigers, who improved to 16-1 overall and 3-1 in Big 12 Conference play. Senior Marcus Denmon had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and 11 rebounds.