ST. LOUIS Not many players could miss their first 15 shots and still somehow help account for 34 points and be seen as the offensive key in a possible season-defining victory.
Phil Pressey is apparently not like most players.
The talented Mizzou guard kept penetrating the lane, dishing assists and hitting three huge buckets down the stretch to overcome a horrid shooting day to lead the 12th-ranked Tigers to an impressive 82-73 win over No. 10 Illinois in the annual Braggin' Rights game at Scottrade Center.
Pressey wasn't afraid to keep letting it fly after going 0-for-8 in the first half and 0-for-15 in the first 35 minutes. But as the shots continued to miss, his impact on the game kept getting stronger thanks to a season-high 11 assists many of which came on impressive drives and dishes to open teammates.
"Even though he wasn't making shots, he was controlling the game," Missouri coach Frank Haith said. "(Mizzou forward) Laurence (Bowers) said it best. He makes guys around ...