• Key play: After point guard Phil Pressey made his first three-pointer of the game cutting the Colorado State lead to six points Rams point guard Dorian Green responded with a three-pointer on the ensuing possession, stretching the advantage to 38-29 with 3:53 to play.
• Key stat: Known as a tough rebounding team, Colorado State dominated Missouri on the boards, 17-7. No player for Missouri had more than two rebounds in the half.
• Key play: Colorado State guard Daniel Bejarano capped a 9-0 run with an off-balance three-pointer from the top of the key, extending the Rams lead to 64-47. They led by at least seven for the remainder of the night.
• Key stat: Missouri made only three of its 11 three-point tries after halftime.
Big night for Green
Lawrence High graduate Dorian Green finished with a game-high 26 points, including 17 in the first half and three three-pointers. Green made his 127th career start Thursday most in school history.
Green was offered a chance to walk on at Kansas out of high school but opted to to take a scholarship with Colorado State instead.
"It feels good to be from Kansas and beat Missouri," Green said.
• Junior point guard Phil Pressey was asked when he expected to make a decision about whether he will return to Missouri for his senior year or opt for an early chance at the NBA.
I cant tell you man, Pressey said. Right now, we just lost a game. Im really feeling it for the seniors. I feel like we could have really done damage and to come out and lose this game, its really disappointing.
• After a scoreless first half, senior guard Keion Bell did not play in the second half. Haith said Bells absence after halftime was his decision and not injury related.
• Frank Haith failed in his attempt to become only the second coach in school history to win 24 games in back-to-back seasons.
• Missouri was making its fifth straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. In school history, the Tigers have never made six consecutive appearances there. Laurence Bowers was a part of all five trips.
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