Bowers leads No. 15 Missouri to exhibition win


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)
— Laurence Bowers had 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead No. 15 Missouri to a 115-74 victory over Arkansas-Fort Smith on Friday night in the Tigers’ final exhibition game.

It was close for most of the first half as the Tigers managed just an eight-point halftime lead. Missouri came out of the break with an 18-4 run to pull away for good.

Reserve Michael Dixon added 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting for the Tigers, who shot 56 percent from the field and reached the triple-digit mark for the second time in as many games this preseason.

Freshman guard Jonathan Sharpless led the Lions with 15 points, connecting on all four of his 3-point attempts.

Missouri will begin the regular season at home against Western Illinois on Nov. 18.

Updated November 12, 2010