March 5, 2013
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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.
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.
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