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Bell adjusting to different role since joining Tigers

Bell adjusting to different role since joining Tigers

January 29th, 2013 in News

Keion Bell of Missouri steals the ball from Georgia's Charles Mann during a game earlier this month at Mizzou Arena.

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

COLUMBIA - Keion Bell has scored more points in his college career than any other player on Missouri's roster.

He had a history of putting on offensive shows during his three years at Pepperdine, averaging more than 16 points per game. That included 34 points in the second half of a game against Gonzaga in 2010.

But Missouri wasn't as interested in Bell's scoring ability as it was in his athleticism.

Rather than see Bell score 20 points a night, Missouri coach Frank Haith wanted some of the intangibles his athleticism could bring to the court.

Six games into Southeastern Conference play, the transition from scorer to contributor seems to be coming together for Bell.