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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mizzou collapses on the road again, loses to Kentucky in overtime

The Missouri Tigers basketball team traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to take on John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday night. Mizzou's confidence leading up to the game was a at a season high after beating No. 5 Florida at home earlier in the week. But this was a road game and true to form, history repeated itself as Mizzou collapsed down the stretch and fell 90-83 in overtime.

137790_Stay Warm. Stay Dry. Shop Under Armour®’s Armour Fleece® Storm.Mizzou began the game playing very well and for a stretch, it looked as if the Tigers would blow out the hometown Wildcats, but Kentucky fought back into the game by half time. The Tigers held a 13-point lead at one point in the first half but led by just four points at the half.

The second half was a nip-and-tuck affair as the two teams battled back-and-forth for 20 minutes.

The overtime period was relatively close as well until Mizzou point guard Phil Pressey made a vital mistake with his team trailing by two points with 48 seconds left that helped propel Kentucky to the win.

Pressey, who finished the night with 27 points and 10 assists, committed a costly turnover after leaving his feet, leading to a pair of Alex Polythress free throws, which gave the Wildcats a four point lead that Mizzou was unable to overcome.

Pressey's bad play was just another late-game disaster for the point guard who has struggled mightily in the clutch for Mizzou. Pressey finished the night with four turnovers.

Mizzou senior center Alex Oriakhi also had a big night for the Tigers on the stat sheet, scoring 16 points while grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds. Senior Laurence Bowers fouled out of the game during regulation, but was able to score 13 points before leaving.

Mizzou's struggled on the road continue. The Tigers have just one road victory on the season, a blowout win against Mississippi State. Mizzou managed to find a way to lose this game despite turning the ball over just nine times. Mizzou also had 10 steals as a team compared to just three by Kentucky.

The loss moves Mizzou's record to 19-8 on the season and 8-6 during SEC play.