No. 4 Missouri drop 3-pointers, No. 6 Baylor 72-57

R.B. FALLSTROM AP Sports Writer Published:

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Phil Pressey scored 19 points and four of No. 4 Missouri's season-best 14 3-pointers, helping the Tigers pull away in the second half of a 72-57 victory over No. 6 Baylor on Saturday.

Sixth man Michael Dixon also had four 3-pointers and Marcus Denmon added three for Missouri (23-2, 10-2 Big 12), which shot 50 percent from long range.

Missouri is 14-0 at home and got an easier test a week after needing a 12-0 run to beat Kansas by three. Both games were sellouts although the matchup against Baylor (21-4, 8-4), carrying a higher ranking, failed to match that atmosphere.

Quincy Miller had 20 points and Perry Jones III had just four on 2-for-12 shooting for Baylor, which flopped for the second straight game after a 14-point home loss against No. 8 Kansas on Wednesday night. The Bears shot just 36 percent, negating a whopping 40-27 rebounding advantage.

Pierre Jackson, who had 20 points and 15 assists in a one-point loss to Missouri at home Jan. 21, had five points on 2-for-9 shooting with five assists in the rematch.

Denmon had 16 points, passing Jon Sundvold for 10th on the school career scoring list. Dixon also had 16 points with six assists and Kim English had 12 points, all in the second half. Missouri shot 48 percent.

Pressey had no 3-pointers the previous five games, going 0-for-9 while concentrating more on distributing the ball, and had just 16 the first 24 games of the season. He banked in his first 3-point attempt with about eight minutes to go in the first half, and added two more in the final 1:42 to help Missouri take a 33-29 lead.

Missouri hit six 3-pointers plus a dunk by Steve Moore in a 20-6 run that broke open a one-point game midway through the second half. Dixon had the last two from well beyond the line for a 58-43 cushion with just over eight minutes left, and his 3-pointer started the run.

Missouri had 12 3-pointers twice earlier in the season, against Oklahoma and Niagara.

Baylor had a 13-1 rebounding advantage early, taking full advantage of its height advantage against Missouri's four-guard attack. The Tigers' failure to block out several times, but not on the scoreboard.