Mizzou rolls by Texas A&M in first round of SEC Tournament
March 15, 2013
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By Matt Fairburn
Prior to the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tenn., Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi had some advice for his team from his 2009 national championship run with Connecticut. Teams that make it in March are willing to fight, Oriakhi said on Monday.
That is what Missouri (23-9) did in Thursday night’s 62-50 win over Texas A&M (18-15) on Thursday night in the opening round of the SEC Tournament.
Despite the Aggies slowing down the pace, limiting itself to 10 turnovers and playing its usual physical brand of basketball, the Tigers never lost control of the game and held the lead from start to finish.
Even in a low-scoring affair, Texas A&M couldn’t prevent Missouri from scoring in bunches. A 10-0 run in the first half put the Tigers up 26-13, and an 8-0 run midway through the second half put the game out of reach at 45-26.
While Missouri led for much of the night, the physical play continued throughout the game. The slow speed of the game and physicality of Texas A&M’s defense did not bode well for Missouri guard Phil Pressey. Pressey missed his only shot attempt and finished the game with two points and six assists.
Oriakhi finished the game with 13 points and 10 rebounds; both team highs for the Tigers.
The win allows the sixth-seeded Missouri to advance to the quarterfinals to take on the No. 3 seed Ole Miss. The Tigers and Rebels split the season series this year. Missouri lost to Ole Miss by 15 points on the road but managed a 19-point victory when the two teams met at Mizzou Arena.
Friday night’s game is scheduled to tip off at 9 p.m. Central time at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.