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Missouri men's basketball falls in overtime at Kentucky

Saturday, February 23, 2013 | 10:34 p.m. CST; updated 11:27 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Missouri men's basketball team blew a big first-half lead, fought back to take the game into overtime, then saw a Phil Pressey turnover with less than a minute to play put them out of reach of a victory.

After the Tigers traded baskets with Kentucky for much of the extra period, an Archie Goodwin basket put the Wildcats ahead 81-79 with 1:06 to go. Then Pressey, presented with an chance to answer with 49 seconds left, lost the ball on a wild pass after he was held up on a drive to the basket.       

Yet again, Missouri lost a Southeastern Conference road game in heartbreaking fashion, falling 9o-83 to the Wildcats in overtime Saturday night at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. 

After leading 27-15 at one point in the first half, the Tigers went into halftime leading just 35-31. Then the Wildcats quickly overtook Missouri in the second half, and except for a Laurence Bowers fastbreak layup that put the Tigers ahead 51-49 with 13 minutes to play, Kentucky led until Keion Bell's fastbreak layup tied it at 71 with 1:33 to go.

Bowers fouled out on Kentucky's possession after the basket, and Kentucky hit two of the three free throws to move back ahead. Tony Criswell hit two free throws, then Pressey went the length of the court for a layup and a 75-73 lead with 57 seconds left.

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein drove to the basket to tie it at 75 with 36 seconds to play. Then neither team made their shots before the end of regulation.

Pressey led Missouri with 27 points and 10 assists and had made several key baskets down the stretch, but the final moments seemed all too familiar to the Tigers (19-8, 8-6 SEC). Alex Oriakhi also had a double for Missouri with 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Julius Mays led Kentucky (19-8, 10-4 SEC) with 24 points.


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