Mizzou Pounds Hogs 93-63 on Senior Night

Tyler Greever and Andrew Kauffman have all the highlights from Mizzou Basketball’s Senior Night against Arkansas. In the home finale, former Tiger coach Mike Anderson comes back to town, and Mizzou fans say farewell to Keion Bell, Alex Oriakhi, and Laurence Bowers.

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Through five long years as a Missouri Tiger, there has definitely been a great deal of struggles, set backs and adversity that Laurence Bowers has had to face and overcome. But on one special senior night at Mizzou Arena, it seemed as if all of the dedication and commitment was finally worth it.

Playing in the final home game of his collegiate career, the redshirt senior put up a team-high 24 points to go along with 11 rebounds as Mizzou annihilated the Arkansas Razorbacks 93-63, avenging a heartbreaking loss earlier in the season.

Before and after the game, Bowers, as well as fellow seniors Alex Oriakhi and Keion Bell, received electrifying standing ovations from the sellout crowd as the Tigers capped an undefeated season at home, improving their record to 22-8 overall.

The Razorbacks led briefly 7-5 early on, but after a Jabari Brown three-pointer, the Tigers went on top and never looked back the rest of the way.

Thanks to relentless and aggressive defense throughout the first half, Missouri forced several bad Arkansas possessions, which allowed the Tigers to build an insurmountable 48-22 cushion at the break.

Aside from an impressive 27-point performance from guard B.J. Young, the Razorbacks looked out of sync all night, much to the frustrations of head coach Mike Anderson, who made his return to Missouri after leaving the team two years ago to take the head-coaching job at Arkansas.

Anderson, who famously stated in 2011 that he “retire here” when his name came up in rumors for the vacant position in Arkansas, was booed persistently by Mizzou faithful for the entirety of the game.

Brown tallied 23 points on 3-6 shooting from beyond the arc, and transfer seniors Oriakhi (10 points, eight rebounds) and Bell (eight points, four boards) both played admirably as well in their final home contest, as Mizzou continued to pour it on in the second half to coast to a relatively easy victory.

Regardless, this game was about Bowers, the guy who has been with this team from the very beginning, coming back strong from a torn ACL in his left knee that kept him out all of last season.

The team could certainly use more impressive performances like this one from the star forward if it hopes to make a deep run in the upcoming SEC and NCAA tournaments.

Before they look too far ahead however, the Tigers must prepare for their final game of the season, which takes place at 3:00 p.m. Saturday on the road against the Tennessee Volunteers.

-Nick Hehemann
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