Bowers leads No. 12 Missouri past SE Missouri St.

Bowers leads No. 12 Missouri past SE Missouri St.
December 4, 2012, 10:17 pm
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Missouri's Ryan Rosburg, left, and Southeast Missouri State's Nino Johnson, right, look for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Laurence Bowers scored a career-high 26 points to help No. 12 Missouri rally from 10 points down at halftime and beat Southeast Missouri State 81-65 Tuesday night.

The Tigers trailed for 17 minutes before Bowers made a turnaround jumper to give Missouri a 57-56 lead with 10:56 remaining, then stretched the lead to 73-62 with 4:16 left on an alleyoop dunk by Keion Bell.

Phil Pressey added 17 points for the Tigers (7-1) after making only 3 of 14 shots from the field in the first half, including 1 of 6 from 3-point range.

Corey Wilford scored all of his 14 points in the first half to lead the Redhawks (6-5). Nino Johnson and Missouri transfer Tyler Stone both added 13.