Longhorns Fall At Missouri 84-73

COLUMBIA, Mo. — J'Covan Brown scored 34 points, topping the 1,000-point mark for his career at Texas. But Brown's virtuoso performance wasn't enough to lead the Longhorns past a hot-shooting Missouri team, as the Longhorns fell 84-73.

The Tigers came out and blitzed the Longhorns from the start, making 8-of-11 first-half three pointers while center Ricardo Ratliffe — the nation's leader in field goal percentage — hit his first eight shot attempts. To their credit, the Longhorns didn't fold. After trailing by 16 points in the first half (and 13 points at halftime, 43-30), Texas saw itself behind big with 14:42 left, again falling behind by a 16-point margin.

Then the Longhorns rolled off a 16-5 run, aided by seven points from Brown and three-pointers from Myck Kabongo and Sheldon McClellan. Just like that, the Tigers led just 62-57 with 9:40 left to play.

But Texas came no closer. Phil Pressey scored seven straight points in the next 1:04, including a big three-pointer and a devastating steal-dunk, to reclaim a double-digit advantage, and Texas never climbed to within single digits again.

"(Pressey's) performance was as impressive as any I've seen this year," Barnes said. "I think Missouri enjoys passing the ball. They have four seniors, and they're playing with a totally different style than they've had in previous years. They don't have any egos, and their goal is to help Missouri as a team."

Pressey had 18 points and 10 assists, marking the fourth time this year that he's had 10 or more dimes in a game. Ratliffe paced the Tigers in scoring with 21 points on 10-of-12 shooting. Marcus Denmon had 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Kim English also topped double-digit scoring with 14. Missouri shot 60 percent from the field in the first half in building its big lead.

Brown's 34 points came as a result of shooting 10-of-16 from the field, 6-of-7 from three-point range and 8-of-8 from the free throw line. It marked the second-highest scoring day of his season, and of his career. Kabongo had 12 points and 10 assists, while Jonathan Holmes had 10 points and seven rebounds.

"We got into foul trouble because Missouri penetrated up front," Barnes said. "They've got a nice basketball team. Phil Pressey was great, he orchestrated the whole thing. He had 10 assists and no turnovers. He makes the game really easy for his teammates. Points off turnovers were the difference in the game, since they had 20 points off our turnovers and we only had two off theirs."

Missouri (16-1) moved to 3-1 in Big 12 play. Texas (12-5, 2-2) faces a tough week with a Wednesday trip to Manhattan to play Kansas State — tipping off at 8 p.m. — followed by a Saturday contest vs. Kansas.

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