1:00 PM ET, February 9, 2013
Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Missouri
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Alex Oriakhi's temper got the best of him when he reached up from the court and pulled down Reginald Buckner. After a minute on the bench, the senior forward returned with just as much fire but much better focus.Oriakhi had a career-high 22 points to go with 18 rebounds, three blocks and a central role in a second-half fracas of No. 21 Missouri's easy 98-79 victory over Mississippi on Saturday. Five of the rebounds and four points came in a span of 2:35 after he returned."As long as he channels it and gets 18 boards and 22 points, I don't think I'll be unhappy with that," Missouri coach Frank Haith said. "I just don't want him doing anything crazy to hurt our team, and I think that's what he's got to understand.
Full Court Pressey
In just his third season, Phil Pressey has claimed Missouri's all-time assists record.
Most Assists in Missouri History
|*Four assists Saturday|
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||29-69 (.420)||35-74 (.473)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-18 (.333)||12-23 (.522)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-18 (.833)||16-20 (.800)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|
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SEC Conference Standings
|TEAM||CONF W-L||TOTAL W-L|
|#23 Ole Miss||12-6||26-8|
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Missouri scored 42 points in the paint Saturday, tied for its most paint points in any SEC game this season. The Tigers are now 13-1 when they score more than 30 points in the paint.
Missouri grabbed 53.7 percent of its missed shots Saturday, its highest offensive rebounding percentage in a game this season. The Tigers had 26 second-chance points, tied for their second most in any game over the last two seasons. Ole Miss entered the game leading all Big Six conference teams in second-chance points per game but Missouri controlled the glass Saturday.[+]
Alex Oriakhi is just the 2nd player from a Power 6 conference to score 22 points and grab 18 rebounds in the same game this season, joining Boston College forward Ryan Anderson. Oriakhi is the 1st SEC player to accomplish the feat since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did so in December 2011. He's the 1st SEC player with 22 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 blocks in a game since Lawrence Roberts in December 2004.
With its win over Ole Miss, Missouri improves to 6-0 following losses this season and outscored those opponents by an average of 10.5 PPG. The Tigers haven't lost consecutive games since February of last season.
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