Bowers’ 20 points get Auburn past Missouri 85-79
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Cinmeon Bowers had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead Auburn to an 85-79 victory over Missouri on Saturday night.
Malcolm Canada scored the final six points for Auburn (9-6, 1-1 Southeastern Conference), which trailed by eight points early in the second half.
Keith Shamburger led Missouri (7-8, 1-1) with a season-high 21 points, making 5 of 9 3-pointers.
Bowers powered for a basket with 1:30 left, flexing his biceps for the crowd before the first of his three straight free throw misses. Wes Clark then hit a 3-pointer with 1:21 left for his eighth straight point, making it 79-77.
Canada hit a jumper and then made four consecutive free throws over the final 21 seconds to seal the win while Missouri missed three straight 3-pointers.
KT Harrell added 14 points for Auburn while K.C. Ross-Miller had 13 points and five assists before fouling out. Canada scored 10 points.
Bowers made repeated trips to the free-throw line, thanks in part to nine offensive rebounds. He made 11 of 18 free throws.
Clark finished with 16 points and Tramaine Isabell had 12 points and four assists for Missouri.
Auburn grabbed the lead for good with an 11-0 run capped by Canada’s free throw with 3:28 left for a 74-67 edge.
Tahj Shamsid-Deen scored six points during the spurt. He had totaled three points in the previous three games while nursing a shoulder injury.
Shamburger hit two free throws and Clark made a basket and subsequent foul shot to cut it to 74-72 less than a minute later.
Missouri trailed by as many as eight points before starting a 13-0 run that carried over into the second half. Shamburger’s two free throws with five seconds left cut the deficit to 41-40 at halftime.
Then Missouri scored the first nine points after the half, capped by Shamburger’s 3-pointer to go ahead 49-41.
Antoine Mason gave Auburn the lead back with a layup and 3-pointer for his first points of the night. He had seven, half of his average.
Missouri: Leading scorer Johnathan Williams III had nine points and eight rebounds but also committed five turnovers.
Auburn: Made 10 of 19 3-pointers (52.6 percent). Hit 25 of 37 free throws (67.6 percent).
Missouri: Visits No. 1 Kentucky on Tuesday.
Auburn: Visits Florida on Thursday night.