COLUMBIA, Mo. — After falling behind early, the 12th-ranked Missouri Tigers stormed back to beat the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 81-65 on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.
Missouri (7-1, 5-0 home) found themselves down 10 points at halftime, but dominated the second half to earn a decisive win. Senior forward Laurence Bowers led the Tigers with 26 points and nine rebounds.
Southeast Missouri State (6-5, 3-3 away) still led 54-45 with 15:45 to play, but that’s when the Tigers decided to take it up a notch. Mizzou went on a 17-2 run and never looked back.
The Tigers outrebounded the Redhawks 48-28. Senior guard Keion Bell turned in a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Junior guard Phil Pressey finished with 17 points, six rebounds, and five assists.
The highlight of the game came with 4:20 to play, when Pressey found Bell sky-high for the alley-oop to put the Tigers up 73-62. Despite shooting 30% from three-point range, the Tigers finished 44% from the field.
Missouri takes on Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena.