Score: UCLA 97, No. 7 Missouri 94
Stars: UCLA: Shabazz Muhammad 27 Pts. Missouri: Phil Pressey 19 Pts, 19 Ast.
Story: College basketball fans couldn’t ask for more than 45 minutes of entertaining basketball and the return of Bill Walton to the announcing table. The first half was fast paced and ended tied at 47-47. Phil Pressey racked up 12 of his Mizzou single-game record 19 assists in the first frame.
In the second half, the Tigers battled foul trouble from Laurence Bowers and Alex Oriakhi, and had a nine-point lead with over four minutes to play. However, UCLA slowly came back and the game went to overtime.
Bruins’ star freshman Shabazz Muhammad hit two huge three-pointers in overtime. Attempts by Pressey and Bowers to tie the game fell short.
Bowers and Keion Bell scored 17 points for the Tigers. Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown added 16 and 14 points respectively. UCLA got great production from its front court as Travis Wear netted 22 points, and twin brother David Wear scored 16.
Here’s Mizzou’s final posession:
Great, fun game. Big win for UCLA. Brilliant game for Flip. But also a bad loss for Mizzou, blowing late lead for a variety of reasons.
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) December 29, 2012
Big win for UCLA. Not an awful loss for Mizzou but they’ll not like that tape. Shoulda, coulda, woulda in regulation
— Dana O’Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) December 29, 2012
That’s one #Mizzou will regret at the end of the year.Blew way too many chances.Muhammad played like a star.
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) December 29, 2012
Loss to UCLA kind of like loss at Kansas last year. Refs didn’t help with blown call, but Tigers didn’t help themselves with late execution.
— Joe Walljasper (@JoeWalljasper) December 29, 2012
Heartbreaking loss. Phil played the game of his career. Great atmosphere at Pauly and a win would have been the only way to make it better.
— Matt Hundley (@matt_hundley) December 29, 2012