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Pressey says his half-court passes to Bowers are nothing new; he remembers doing the same two years ago during his freshman season. He's just happy to have Bowers back.
"Pressey played with poise the entire game," Riley said. "He managed the game, when they didn't have the offense. And they trusted him to manage the game and I think he did a great job."
Haith said it's nice to have a guard such as Pressey who can see plays develop and affect the game in a positive way even when he doesn't score.
"We don't want Phil thinking he has to do everything himself," Haith said. "And that's the trust we need him to continue to develop within his teammates."
Bowers and Pressey were the only players on the court who had worn a Missouri uniform prior to this season as Michael Dixon watched his second consecutive game from the bench, suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Dixon also missed both of the team's exhibition games, and coach Frank Haith declined to specify a timetable for his return.
"I'll let you guys know, as I've said from day one, when he's not suspended," Haith said. "He is still suspended."
Alcorn State, out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, went 10-22 in Riley's first season in 2011-12, a six-win improvement from the Braves' previous season. The team defeated Oakville University of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association in its opener Sunday, 85-41.
The Braves were picked to finish eighth out of 10 teams in the SWAC this season by conference coaches.
The matchup was part of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, though the outcome had no bearing on the field headed to the Bahamas next week. The only previous matchup between the two teams was an 82-51 Missouri win on Dec. 1, 1981.
"It's a learning experience for us and we have to continue to believe, as we spoke about before the game, believe in each other and the system, trust each other and have each other's back," Riley said. "That's what Missouri did tonight."
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