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Aug. 20, 2010
Columbia, Mo. -
Baseball or Basketball? Mizzou Basketball junior forward Laurence Bowers had a dilemma growing up in Memphis, Tenn., which sport would he choose to pursue in college?
The lanky 6-foot-7 right-hander drew the interest of college scouts for his work on the diamond as a pitcher, but he ultimately elected to chase his hardwood dream by accepting a college scholarship to play for Mike Anderson and the Missouri Tigers.
But as they say, dreams die hard and Bowers will show off his right arm as he joins University of Illinois Basketball Coach Bruce Weber in throwing out the ceremonial first pitch on Sept. 3 at Busch Stadium when the St. Louis Cardinals face the Cincinnati Reds in a key National League Central Division showdown at 7:15 p.m.
One of the Big 12’s most versatile post players, Bowers ranked third on the team in scoring (10.4), second in rebounding (5.7) and tops in blocked shots (48) a year ago for the 23-11 Tigers. He also reached double figures in scoring 18 times, including 15 points in Missouri’s NCAA Tournament win vs. Clemson on March 19, despite playing with torn ligaments in his right wrist.
“It’s going to be exciting,” Bowers said. “I grew up loving the game of baseball and it was a passion of mine for a long time. To have a chance to go to Busch Stadium and throw a pitch will be an incredible experience. I want to thank Coach Anderson and the Cardinals for giving me this opportunity. I’ll remember it forever.”
The Sept. 3 first pitch for Bowers and Weber comes one day before Missouri and Illinois kickoff the college football season at the Edward Jones Dome for the 2010 State Farm Arch Rivalry Football Game. The contest is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. and tickets are still available. Fans can order tickets by contacting the Mizzou Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS in Mid Missouri) or they may order online at mutigers.com.
Missouri and Illinois will of course lock up on the hardwood once again this season. That contest is scheduled for Dec. 22 at the Scottrade Center. Mizzou won last year’s game 81-68.
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