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Missouri men's basketball stalls in quarterfinals of SEC tournament

Friday, March 15, 2013 | 11:13 p.m. CDT; updated 5:14 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Missouri men's basketball team couldn't hold off Ole Miss in a 64-62 loss on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference men's basketball tournament in Nashville, Tenn., done in by a last second basket from the Rebels' Derrick Millinghaus.

Missouri pulled out to a 31-24 halftime lead and held a solid advantage until the final minutes of the second half.

A layup from the Rebels' Reginald Buckner at 2:45 tied it at 57, but Alex Oriakhi's rebound and basket put Missouri up again 59-57. Then a pair of free throws from Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson made it 59-all at the 1:08 mark.

Missouri's Phil Pressey hit his third 3-pointer of the game with 47 seconds left to make it 62-59, but Ole Miss answered with a 3-pointer from Millinghaus to tie it again with 31 seconds left.

From there, an errant pass from Laurence Bowers on an in-bounds play gave the ball back to Ole Miss, and Millinghaus hit his jump shot with a second left to give the Rebels the victory.

Oriakhi led Missouri (23-10) with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Henderson led Ole Miss (24-8) with 27 points, 20 of them coming in the second half. Millinghaus scored all 11 of his points in the second half.


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Richard Saunders March 16, 2013 | 8:29 a.m.

The idea that the ball needs to be in Pressey's hands all of the time is a bad one. It worked well against against the zone defense, but against man to man it allowed Ole Miss to concentrate on him, eliminating his options.

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