Missouri vs Texas

Texas rolls Missouri, remains unbeaten in Big 12


AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Longhorns are tearing up the Big 12 and showing no signs of slowing down.

Jordan Hamilton had 16 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, and No. 7 Texas beat No. 11 Missouri 71-58 Saturday night to remain undefeated in the Big 12.

The Longhorns (18-3, 6-0) have won six in a row overall and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Tigers (17-4, 3-3).

Texas had another stellar defensive effort, holding the highest-scoring team in the Big 12 to its lowest point total of the season. Texas is holding Big 12 opponents to 54 points per game.

"Good defense beats good offense on any given night," Texas senior forward Gary Johnson said. "That's what we do."

Like the five teams before them in Texas' run, the Tigers came away impressed by the Longhorns' bruising play near the baskets.

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"There's no secret how they play," Missouri guard Kim English said. "They are a physical team. They pressure the ball. Big, strong guys."

Hamilton, Johnson and freshman Tristan Thompson dominated the paint on both ends of the court. Johnson had 15 points and nine rebounds and Thompson had 13 rebounds.

Missouri boasts that the Tigers play the "fastest 40 minutes of basketball," but ran smack into a defensive wall in this one. Texas raced to a 10-0 lead behind 3-pointers by Hamilton and Cory Joseph and Thompson's muscular rebounding.

Thompson also caught Missouri forward Laurence Bowers on the chin with an elbow that knocked Bowers out of the game with 12 minutes left in the first half. Bowers, who averages 11.5 points and had just scored two straight baskets, was wobbly when he got to his feet and had to be helped to the locker room.

"I thought there were a lot of loose elbows out there," Missouri coach Mike Anderson said. "It might have been a mild concussion. He took a big-time elbow."

Johnson and Hamilton both scored 10 points in the first half for Texas. Missouri stayed within striking distance when Phil Pressey made a 3-pointer with three seconds left to pull the Tigers to 38-27 at halftime. Pressey led Missouri with 12 points.

Missouri managed to slow down the Longhorns in the second but couldn't make a run of their own to threaten the Texas lead.

Marcus Denmon's putback pulled the Tigers within eight before Thompson revived the home crowd with a two-handed dunk off a backdoor pass from Hamilton, then blocked a shot by Denmon on the other end. Time and again, the lanky freshman muscled over one and sometimes two Tigers to grab the ball.

"He has been really blowing up on a lot of people," Anderson said.

Michael Dixon made a 3-pointer for Missouri, but the Longhorns responded with quick baskets by J'Covan Brown and Joseph that pushed the lead back to 53-42.

Texas misfires from the free throw line kept Missouri hanging around. The Longhorns missed 11 of their first 14 free throws of the second half and went 16 of 34 for the game.

Texas finally put the game away when Johnson made one of two free throws and Hamilton grabbed the rebound on the miss and immediately went back up for a basket.

"I saw it was going to come off the back rim. I thought it gave us a spark," Hamilton said.

After Missouri's next three possessions finished in a turnover and two misses, a layup by Brown finished a Texas fast break for a 66-53 lead with just over two minutes to play.

Texas' impressive early run in the Big 12 includes wins over No. 6 Kansas and No. 13 Texas A&M. The Longhorns face a rematch with the Aggies on Monday night.

Johnson promised more rugged, physical defense.

"We lost to a team that played that way at Pittsburgh," Johnson said. "We didn't like it."

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Jordan Hamilton (3) pulls down one of his career-best 13 rebounds as he also contributes for the Longhorns with 16 points. (US Presswire)
Jordan Hamilton (3) pulls down one of his career-best 13 rebounds as he also contributes for the Longhorns with 16 points. (US Presswire)
Missouri #11 (17-4)273158
Texas #7 (18-3) «383371
MO:P. Pressey 12 Pts
MO:J. Safford 11 Reb
MO:P. Pressey 5 Ast
TX:J. Hamilton 16 Pts
TX:J. Hamilton 13 Reb
TX:D. Balbay 5 Ast

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Phil Pressey
Jordan Hamilton
Missouri Tigers
M. Denmon, G313-91-23147
K. English, G293-82-240010
R. Ratliffe, F284-90-14048
J. Safford, F271-102-211024
M. Dixon, G171-54-60037
P. Pressey, G293-75-625512
S. Moore, C181-20-02032
M. Pressey, G141-40-02022
L. Bowers, F42-20-00004
R. Kreklow, G30-02-20012
J. Sutton, GDid Not Play
J. Underwood, FDid Not Play
K. Green, FDid Not Play
Totals 19-5616-212862458
Texas Longhorns
J. Hamilton, G-F377-150-0135216
C. Joseph, G375-102-311113
G. Johnson, F345-95-1292215
T. Thompson, F313-73-913139
D. Balbay, G303-42-43548
J. Brown, G142-33-41037
M. Hill, F-C111-11-20113
A. Wangmene, F-C40-10-00030
J. Lucas, G20-00-00010
C. Chapman, F-CDid Not Play
A. Dick, GDid Not Play
D. Melchionni, GDid Not Play
T. Morgan, GDid Not Play
Totals 26-5016-3440152071
Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kansas St.0-04-0129
Texas Tech0-04-022
Oklahoma St.0-04-1202
W. Virginia0-03-178
Iowa St.0-03-258
Other games
Louisville 79 Final
UConn 78
Florida St 44 Final
GTOWN 69 Final
Florida 64 Final
Miss St 71
Minn 61 Final
Purdue 73
Tx A&M 48 Final
Nebraska 57
Syracuse 70 Final
MU 76
Georgia 60 Final
Kentucky 66
BYU 77 Final
N Mexico 86
Wisc 52 Final
PSU 56
Ohio St 58 Final
Nwstern 57
Arkansas 89 Final
K-State 66 Final
Kansas 90
PITT 65 Final
RUT 62
Wyoming 57 Final