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Missouri men's basketball ends regular season with win at Texas Tech

By Amy Backes
March 3, 2012 | 6:07 p.m. CST
Missouri's Phil Pressey, left, passes under pressure from Texas Tech's Luke Adams during their NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday.

The Missouri men's basketball team earned the program's most regular-season victories with its 81-59 victory Saturday at Texas Tech. The Tigers end their season at 27-4 overall and 14-4 in the Big 12 Conference.

After going scoreless in the first half, senior guard Marcus Denmon chalked up 17 points in the second half.  He is now Missouri's sixth highest all-time scorer with 1,714 points. He was previously tied at the No. 6 spot with Melvin Booker.


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Against the Red Raiders (8-22, 1-17), Missouri senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. He also had 13 points, two blocks and two assists for the Tigers.

Missouri shot 61 percent from the 3-point line with Denmon sinking five followed by senior guard Matt Pressey with four.

“When we’re shooting the ball like that, it’s tough for teams to guard us. We spread the floor out so well,” Pressey said in a postgame radio interview.

Pressey scored 14 points and had two rebounds against the Red Raiders. With the victory Missouri has gone 8-0 this season against Texas teams in the Big 12.

Missouri clinched the No. 2 seed in the Big 12 Conference tournament. The Tigers begin tournament play at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

Going into the tournament, Pressey said the Tigers will try to stay focused.

“We got this win at Texas Tech. That’s going to be a good rhythm for us going into the tournament, but we’ve just got to stay true to who we are and continue to work hard,” Pressey said.