Bowers becoming Missouri’s go-to offensive threat

Missouri’s Laurence Bowers shoots a three-point shot over Appalachian State’s Nathan Healy during the first half Dec. 1 in Columbia, Mo. Bowers had 21 first half points in the game.

Missouri’s Laurence Bowers shoots a three-point shot over Appalachian State’s Nathan Healy during the first half Dec. 1 in Columbia, Mo. Bowers had 21 first half points in the game. Photo by The Associated Press.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — For three years, Laurence Bowers understood his role on the Missouri basketball team.

He described himself as an “athletic garbage type” player. He did his part on defense, he rebounded, and he scored when called upon.

After sitting out last season with a knee injury, Bower’s role has changed. Now, through at least the first nine games of the season, he’s asserted himself as Missouri’s top threat on offense.

“He’s more gifted offensively than what I saw on tape,” Missouri coach Frank Haith said. “He’s really expanded his game. I’m sure he was ....

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