KANSAS CITY — The Missouri men's basketball team jumped out to big first-half lead and cruised to an 88-70 win against Oklahoma State on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament in Kansas City.
The win was Missouri's first win in the Big 12 quarterfinals since 2009, when the Tigers won the tournament.
Senior Kim English led the Tigers' first half surge, scoring 21 of Missouri's 49 points in the half. He finished the game with 27 points.
Senior Marcus Denmon led the team in the second half, at one point scoring 11 straight points. He finished with 24, and led the team with eight rebounds.
Sophomore Phil Pressey had a record-setting night, matching his career high and breaking the Big 12 tournament sophomore single-game record with 12 assists. He also had five steals.
The No. 5-ranked Tigers (28-4) will play in the Big 12 Conference Tournament semifinals at 9 p.m. on Friday night against the winner of Thursday nights' game between Iowa State and Texas.