While rehabbing all last season from a knee injury, Laurence Bowers was able to do a lot of shooting.
The 6-foot-8 forward showed off his increased range in No. 15 Missouri's 83-69 season-opening victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Saturday, hitting a pair of 3-pointers and finishing with 20 points and seven rebounds.
The season before he was hurt, Bowers attempted just eight 3-pointers - and missed them all.
''I was shooting a ton when I was hurt, so it's paying off,'' Bowers said. ''I've just got to continue to stay after practice and work out.''
Coach Frank Haith pointed out that Bowers was on the line or just inside it on two other jumpers while going 9 for 14 overall.
''That's what we challenged him to do, make his game more well-rounded,'' Haith said. ''Laurence, he was excited for Midnight Madness. I think he's just glad to be back, and guys, he's going to get better and better.''
Bowers outscored the Cougars 10-2 by himself during a two-minute stretch early ...