Bowers leads No. 13 Missouri over Stanford 78-70

Bowers leads No. 13 Missouri over Stanford 78-70
November 22, 2012, 3:52 pm
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CORRECTS DATE TO NOV. 22, NOT NOV. 21 - Missouri forward Alex Oriakhi (42) rects after a basket against Stanford in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) Laurence Bowers scored 19 points, as usual most were in the second half, and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 13 Missouri beat Stanford 78-70 in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Thursday.

Bowers, who had 13 points in the second half Thursday, has scored more points after halftime in every game this season for the Tigers (4-0). He came in averaging 15.5 points per game,14.0 in the second half.

Missouri will face the winner of the first-round game between No. 2 Louisville and Northern Iowa in Friday's semifinals.

Phil Pressey had 18 points and eight assists for Missouri, which had three field goals over the final 9:10 - all grouped in a 1:57 span starting with 2:12 to play. It didn't matter as the Tigers were 10 of 11 from the free throw line in that stretch.. They were 22 for 25 for the game.