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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....
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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Laurence Bowers had 20 points and seven rebounds in his return from a knee injury that sidelined him all of last season, leading No. 15 Missouri to an 83-69 season-opening victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Saturday. Bowers outscored the Cougars 10-2 by himself during a two-minute stretch early in the second half for the Tigers, who are ranked to start...
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Laurence Bowers had 20 points and seven rebounds in his return from a knee injury that sidelined him all of last season, leading No. 15 Missouri to an 83-69 season-opening victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Saturday.
Bowers outscored the Cougars 10-2 by himself during a two-minute stretch early in the second half for the Tigers, who are ranked to...
At least for a half, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville gave No. 15 Missouri all it could handle.
Jerome Jones hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points, while reserve Michael Messer added 13 in an 83-69 loss at Missouri on Saturday.
The biggest blemish for the Cougars was the performance of Mark Yelovich, the team's top returning scorer who was held scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting...
Alex Oriakhi celebrated a national championship with UConn in 2011. Now, the forward is ready to do his part for No. 15 Missouri.
The Tigers were a 30-win team and No. 2 NCAA regional seed in coach Frank Haith's first season. Hopes are high for the second season that begins Saturday against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, despite a radically remade roster.
Oriakhi is among...
Missouri has a very different look this season, but that doesn't mean expectations are lower.
The 14th-ranked Tigers will try to improve upon its 66-game home winning streak over non-conference opponents on Tuesday night against Alcorn State.
Missouri is without most of the standouts from last year's 30-5 team, but senior Laurence Bowers still thinks the Tigers have enough...