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Minus Bowers, Missouri plays tonight at Mississippi

Minus Bowers, Missouri plays tonight at Mississippi

January 12th, 2013 in News

Missouri forward Laurence Bowers competes for a loose ball against Alabama guard Trevor Releford during the second half of their game Tuesday in Columbia. Bowers is out for today's game at Mississippi.

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

COLUMBIA - Missouri figures to be tested enough as it is in its first Southeastern Conference road game tonight at Mississippi.

The extra challenge is to figure out how to make up for the loss of forward Laurence Bowers.

Bowers, who leads the Tigers in scoring with more than 16 points per game, suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee during Tuesday's 82-66 win against Alabama. The 10th-ranked Tigers (12-2, 1-0 SEC) will have to find other scoring and rebounding options today when they travel to Oxford, Miss. (7 p.m., Fox Sports Midwest-TV).

"He's just one of the many key weapons that (Missouri coach Frank Haith) has at Missouri that has made them one of the top teams in the country," Mississippi head coach Andy Kennedy said.