Missouri men's basketball upset by Norfolk State

Friday, March 16, 2012 | 6:04 p.m. CDT; updated 6:27 p.m. CDT, Friday, March 16, 2012
Missouri guard Matt Pressey and forward Ricardo Ratliffe try to block NorFolk State guard/forward Chris McEachin as he attempts to make a shot during the game in Omaha on Friday.

OMAHA, Neb. — The Missouri men's basketball team's season came to an unexpected end on Friday afternoon.

The Tigers became only the fifth two-seed to lose to a 15-seed in the NCAA Tournament, falling to Norfolk State 86-84. Missouri struggled all game with Spartans' center Kyle O'Quinn, who scored 26 points and had 14 rebounds.

Missouri trailed by two with three seconds to play, when sophomore guard Phil Pressey lofted up a long 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game. The shot hit off the back rim, sealing the game for Norfolk State.

"They made the right plays at the right time, and we didn't make the right plays, and that pretty much decided the game," Pressey said after the loss.

O'Quinn was helped out by 2o-point performances by Chris McEachin and Pendarvis Williams.

Michael Dixon led Missouri with 22 points. Marcus Denmon and Pressey each had 20. 

The loss ends Missouri's season on a sour note after the team won the Big 12 Tournament last weekend.

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Michael Williams March 16, 2012 | 6:48 p.m.

Defense stayed home.
You won't win many with the other guys scoring 80+.
Too bad. I'm sorry this happened.

Coulda been worse, tho.

We might have got what we wanted....a #1 seed.

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Betty Aderton March 16, 2012 | 7:19 p.m.

What a great ride we have had all year. I am so proud of
the Tigers going this far. I sure would have like to have
seen them go farther, but was not to be. Looking forward to next year. Guess I will rout for the other Big 12 teams even though they would not for us. MIZZOU

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frank christian March 16, 2012 | 9:02 p.m.

Fla Gators of OUR conference plays Norfolk State, next. This year was fun, but just wait, win or lose better times are'a comin'!

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Allan Stark March 17, 2012 | 12:42 a.m.

Missouri lost for one simple reason: The gods are punishing it for running to the SEC. Karma exists and Missouri's leadership doesn't understand that.

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