Missouri men's basketball survives tough road test against Baylor

Saturday, January 21, 2012 | 3:47 p.m. CST; updated 11:10 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Missouri men's basketball team edged Baylor 89-88 on Saturday in Waco, Texas, to hand the Bears their second straight loss.

The game came down to the last few possessions of the second half. No. 5 Missouri led Baylor 77-66 when Marcus Denmon made a free throw with 4:25 remaining, but the Bears came back with an 11-4 run that carried the game into its last minute.

No. 3 Baylor began fouling Missouri to mount a comeback, but free throws from Michael Dixon, Phil Pressey and Denmon put the game out of reach. The Tigers, who have two players with free-throw percentages above 90 percent, shot 71 percent from the free-throw line and struggled from the line in the first half.

Denmon made three free throws after being intentionally fouled twice with less than 13 seconds left that made it a two-possession game. Baylor guard Brady Heslip made a last-second 3-pointer to narrow Missouri's lead to one point as time expired.

Ricardo Ratliffe, who leads Division I basketball in field goal percentage at 77.2 percent, scored a career-high 27 points and made 11-of-14 shots in the victory.

Phil Pressey finished with 18 points and racked up seven assists and six steals. 

Missouri matched Baylor in blocked shots and out-rebounded the much bigger Bears 32-26 to improve its record to 18-1 and 5-1 in the Big 12.  The victory also moved the Tigers into sole possession of second place in the Big 12 Conference behind No. 7 Kansas. 


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