Phil Pressey' seven straight points in the second half brought his total to 18 plus ten assists on the day, and helped bail out Missouri (16-1, 3-1 Big 12) in 84-73 win over Texas. After the game head coach Frank Haith and Pressey addressed the Tigers' latest win and their 10-0 mark at home (quotes courtesy Missouri SID)
Head coach Frank Haith:
"It was a great win for us today. I thought we showed some poise down the stretch. When they cut [the lead] to five, we did a nice job of getting stops. Texas is a great ball club; they are a really good team. I knew after half they were going to come back at us.
One of the things that concerned me in the first half was their ability to get to the glass on us, and [Clint] Chapman, who is their best rebounder, had not played a whole lot. I knew they would keep coming. Obviously, J'Covan [Brown] had a great night, but you have to give our guys credit for hanging in there and making plays we needed to make to win the game."
"[Pressey] had a terrific game. What he meant to us offensively, what he did out there was tremendous. I mean, he had the ball, for 35 minutes, all the time, and to not have a turnover, to not have a miscue is tremendous. And then you look at his other production, the assists, the points. He was outstanding."
On taking over after Texas went on run to close margin within five:
"We just executed what we needed to execute and my teammates hit shots and we ran what we had to ran and we came out successful."
On whether he was more impressed with his ten assists or zero turnovers:
"No turnovers. If I can finish the game with no turnovers usually we win and that's a good thing."
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