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Missouri's Kim English goes up to the hoop during the Tigers' 88-70 victory over Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday night at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

Missouri's Kim English goes up to the hoop during the Tigers' 88-70 victory over Oklahoma State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament on Thursday night at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. Photo by The Associated Press.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Phil Pressey didn’t light up the scoreboard Thursday night against Oklahoma State at the Sprint Center.

His work in other areas allowed the rest of the Tigers to take care of that.

The sophomore point guard finished with 12 assists, five steals and five rebounds as the Tigers rolled into the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament with an 88-70 win over the Cowboys at the Sprint Center.

“When he’s in that mode of giving guys the ball and playmaking, he’s awfully good, which makes us awfully good,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said.

The win sets up a semifinal game at 9 p.m. today against Texas (KZOU-TV).

Kim English scored a game-high 27 points and Marcus Denmon added 24 as the Tigers finished with four players in double figures.

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