Columbia — Missouri point guard Phil Pressey has been on a roll lately, and people are apparently taking notice.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Pressey, who scored a career-high 26 points in Missouri's 66-64 win over Bucknell on Saturday, was named the Southeastern Conference's player of the week on Monday.
"He had an outstanding game on Saturday...it's well-deserved," Missouri coach Frank Haith said of Pressey's honor. "We needed every bit of his production to win that ballgame."Pressey's performance against the Bison - he also had five assists - was the culmination of a three-game stretch in which Pressey has posted some gaudy stats. Pressey went 10-for-22 from the field against Bucknell, marking the third straight game in which he's hoisted at least 19 shots.
The 5-foot-11 junior went three-for-19 from the field in MU's win over Illinois on Dec. 22, but controlled the game with his playmaking and court vision and racked up 11 assists and seven rebounds. He also had 19 points and a school-record 19 assists in MU's 97-94 loss to UCLA on Dec. 28.
Pressey, who is second on the team in scoring with 13.8 points per game, is the second Missouri player to be named SEC player of the week this season. Senior forward Laurence Bowers earned the honor in late December behind the strength of a 23-point effort against Illinois.
Olathe Northwest grad Willie Cauley-Stein, a 7-foot, 244-pound freshman forward at Kentucky, was chosen SEC freshman of the week after scoring 11 points and gathering 11 rebounds against Eastern Michigan.
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