Missouri’s late January loss at LSU put them on the NCAA bubble. Back in Columbia, Mizzou made sure LSU couldn’t do it again.Mizzou started the game strong and finished even stronger as they picked up a key SEC win over LSU 89-76 Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.
Mizzou started strong, opening the game on a 6-0 run. However, LSU started 6-8 from behind the arc and built a 25-12 lead on the strength of a 25-6 run. Missouri would, however, regain control of the game and after ties at 29 and 33, Mizzou jumped out to a 41-33 lead and was up 43-39 at halftime.
In the second half, the Tigers pulled away from the Bayou Bengals, never trailing after having gained the lead in the first half. Mizzou saw the lead swell to 16 twice in the game before settling on the 13 point final advantage.
Lawrence Bowers led all scorers with 23 points. He was one of five Tigers in double figures, joined by Alex Oriakhi’s 18, Phil Pressey’s 15, 13 from Earnest Ross, and 11 from Keion Bell. Oriakhi and Bowers each had a double double, adding 10 rebounds each. Pressey was the team leader in assists with 8.
Mizzou improves to 21-8 on the season and is now 10-6 in the SEC. They were helped in the standings with losses by Alabama and Ole Miss. The Tigers have two games remaining in the regular season, including a contest Tuesday against the Arkansas Razorbacks. The game, Mizzou’s most anticipated home game of the season, features a rematch against former coach Mike Anderson and is also Senior Night for 2012-2013. Senior Night festivities begin around 5:45pm and tip of the game begins at 6pm. We’ll have pregame beginning at 5:30 pm on your home for the Tigers, ESPN 100.5 and Total Sports Station 103.1 KTGR.