February 28, 2013
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By the Associated Press
COLUMBIA, S.C. — On a night where Missouri shot almost 70 percent from the field, the Tigers knew the key player was someone who never shot the ball.
Point guard Phil Pressley had nine assists, running the offense for Missouri (20-8, 9-6 Southeastern Conference) almost to perfection in the Tigers 90-68 win over South Carolina on Thursday night.
“A guy can affect the game like that without taking a shot in a positive way. There are few guys in the country that can do that,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said.
Missouri shot 69.6 percent (32 of 46) for the game, and plenty of those baskets were easy. The Tigers had 10 dunks and 46 points in the paint to pick up just their second win on the road this season. Missouri shot just nine 3-pointers, making six of them against overmatched South Carolina (13-15, 3-12).
Plenty of those plays were set up by Pressley, the SEC leader in assists at seven a game.
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