December 4, 2012

Game at a Glance

On Monday, Frank Haith called the practice of playing in-state opponents "dangerous business." Missouri nearly made him prophetic on Tuesday night. The Tigers trailed Southeast Missouri State for nearly 30 minutes before polishing off the Redhawks 81-65.

SEMO made nine of its first 16 shots from three-point range and held a 54-45 lead with 15:45 to play. Over the next seven minutes, Mizzou went on a 17-2 run, taking the lead for the first time at 57-56 on a Laurence Bowers jump hook off the glass. Bowers and Phil Pressey scored every point in the decisive stretch.

"Coaches were drawing up plays to get the ball inside and I thought we did a great job of getting me the ball," Bowers said. "Obviously if coach draws up plays for you, that means he trusts you to make something happen. That's all I did. I was just trying to be fearless and attack the basket and everything was just falling for me."

Missouri averted disaster against the Redhawks, but there was plenty for Haith and his staff to point out in the next film session. Much of it will revolve around Pressey, who took took 14 shots in the first half and made only three of them.

"When momentum was swinging and they were making shots, we've got to be poised and continue to execute. I thought we didn't execute as well in the first half. Teams are going to make shots, people are going to make shots. I thought we rushed things and Phil's got to get better at that just in terms of the trust factor," Haith said. "There may be a night when we want Phil taking 18 shots, but I think that that's not his game right now."

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