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.
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.
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.
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 can’t tell you man,” Pressey said. “Right now, we just lost a game. I’m really feeling it for the seniors. I feel like we could have really done damage and to come out and lose this game, it’s really disappointing.”
• After a scoreless first half, senior guard Keion Bell did not play in the second half. Haith said Bell’s 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.