No. 16 Missouri whips Appalachian State 72-56

No. 16 Missouri whips Appalachian State 72-56
December 1, 2012, 5:09 pm
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Missouri's Laurence Bowers, right, shoots a three-point shot over Appalachian State's Nathan Healy, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. Bowers had 21 first half points in the game. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Laurence Bowers matched his career high with 23 points despite taking just one shot in the second half, leading No. 16 Missouri to an easy 72-56 victory over Appalachian State in its first game since embattled guard Michael Dixon announced he would transfer on Saturday.

Earnest Ross came off the bench to add 13 points and eight rebounds for the Tigers (6-1), which has won 69 in a row at home against nonconference opponents dating to 2005. Two more subs scored in double figures - Keion Bell had 12 points and Tony Criswell had 10.

Jay Canty had a career high 29 points for Appalachian State (1-6), which has lost six in a row since opening with a victory over NAIA Montreat.