March 5, 2013
Missouri hosted Senior Night at Mizzou Arena and it marked the final home game for seniors Keion Bell, Laurence Bowers and Alex Orikahi. The senior class closed out its home campaign a perfect 17-0, marking the ninth undefeated home record for the Tigers since 1970. It was Missouri's first undefeated home season since 2008-09 and the second of Bowers' career. Bowers was a freshman on that 2008-09 team.
Missouri and Arkansas met for the 39th time in series history and the Razorbacks hold a 20-19 series advantage. The two clubs split the 2012-13 series.
Missouri's 30-point win was the largest for the Tigers in series history. The previous high was 22 set in 1950 (54-32) and in 2006 under Mike Anderson (86-64).
Missouri won its third consecutive game heading into Saturday's regular-season finale at Tennessee. Missouri is now 11-6 in the league and could finish as high as No. 2 in league play.
Congratulations to Tiger fans who broke the Mizzou Arena attendance record once again. The Tigers averaged 11,996 fans per home game this season, topping the 11,830 fans Mizzou averaged at home last season.
Missouri continues to work towards its fifth consecutive season with 23+ wins. The Tigers now have 22 wins following the 30 wins under Haith last season.
Missouri continues to be one of the country's top rebounding teams and have out-rebounded 25-of-30 teams this season. Missouri also now owns double-figure rebounding advantages in 16-of-30 games this season as well. Missouri's 44-19 (+25) advantage on the glass equaled a season high.
In fact the forward combination of Bowers (11) and Oriakhi (8) equaled the rebounding total of Arkansas tonight.
Bowers, a fifth-year senior, finished his five seasons helping Missouri to an 84-4 record (.955), including his redshirt season of 2011-12.
The Memphis, Tenn., native finished the game with 24 points, recording his sixth 20-point game of the season and second straight double-double (11 boards). He also poured in 23 points and 10 rebounds in the win over LSU on Saturday.
Bowers also recorded his 150th career blocked shot. He joins Arthur Johnson as the only players in school history with 1,000 points and 150 blocks.
Jabari Brown returned to double figures scoring 23 points. It was Brown's fifth 20-point game of the year and tied his career high of 23 at South Carolina on Feb. 28.
Head Coach Frank Haith also improved to 32-1 at home during his two seasons at Mizzou and has Missouri on an 18-game home court winning streak dating back to Senior Night 2012. The streak is the fourth longest in the country heading into postseason play.
Oriakhi recorded his 1,000th career rebound in tonight's game. He also topped 1,000 career points earlier this season in the home win against Auburn. The bulk of Oriakhi's rebounds of course came over his three seasons at Connecticut. Only Arthur Johnson (1,093) and Doug Smith (1,053) have grabbed 1,000 career rebounds as Missouri Tigers.
Phil Pressey continues to work towards breaking his own single-season assist mark. He has 212 assists this season following his six dimes tonight and needs 12 more to surpass the 223 dimes he distributed in 2011-12. He is the only player in school history with 200 assists.
Missouri's 26-point halftime lead (48-22) was its third largest at home this year. The Tigers led by 31 vs. South Carolina State and 29 vs. Vanderbilt.
Missouri has had 24 20-point efforts this season following the 24 from Bowers and 23 from Brown.
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