March 5, 2013
COLUMBIA, Mo. – An emotionally charged atmosphere at sold-out Mizzou Arena buoyed the Missouri Tigers to a 93-63 blowout over the Arkansas Razorbacks Tuesday evening. Playing his final game on Norm Stewart Court, senior forward Laurence Bowers went out in style, scoring a team-high 24 points and adding 11 rebounds for his second-consecutive double-double (and seventh of the season) as Mizzou improved to 22-8 overall and 11-6 in Southeastern Conference play.
Bowers got things jump-started as he converted a conventional three-point play and followed with a layin barely a minute into the game to stake the Tigers to a quick 5-0 lead. Arkansas countered with a 7-0 scoring run to take a 7-5 lead, but sophomore guard Jabari Brown's three-pointer at the 14:37 mark gave Mizzou the lead back, and that was the last time the visiting Razorbacks would sniff the lead. Mizzou scored 16 of the game's next 20 points to take a 21-11 lead, and they would later finish the half on a 13-0 run to take a commanding 48-22 lead at halftime.
Arkansas would get no closer than 18 points after halftime, as Mizzou cruised to the runaway win.
Mizzou enjoyed a massive advantage on the glass Tuesday night, owning a 44-19 edge in rebounding, while their aggressive style of play led to 40 free throw attempts (making 28), while Arkansas could muster only 5-of-13 free throws.
Brown had 23 points in support of Bowers, and they were joined in double figures by sophomore guard Earnest Ross (11 points) and senior center Alex Oriakhi (10 points, eight rebounds).
Mizzou shot 58.0% from the floor (29-of-50 FGs), and a solid 50.0% from long distance (7-of-14 3FGs), while Arkansas was cold from the get-go, and ended the night just 6-of-25 from three-point range (24.0%), while they shot just 43.3% overall (26-of-60 FGs). The Tigers also had a big advantage from inside, outscoring Arkansas in the paint by a 43-24 margin.
The win closed out a perfect 17-0 season at home for the Tigers, while Arkansas fell to 1-11 on the road, and 18-12 overall (8-8 in SEC play). In Head Coach Frank Haith's two seasons on the MU sideline, Mizzou is an incredible 32-1 at home.
The Tigers are off until Saturday, when the wrap up the 2012-13 regular season at Tennessee at 3 p.m. in Knoxville, Tenn. Stay tuned to www.MUTigers.com for continuing updates on Mizzou Basketball.