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Alabama vs Missouri

Brown's hot shooting helps No. 10 Mizzou win SEC debut

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Laurence Bowers has been enjoying a big comeback season for No. 10 Missouri, leading the Tigers in scoring and second in rebounding entering the school's SEC debut.

Now he's hurt again.

The senior forward injured his right knee with about six minutes left in an 84-68 victory against Alabama on Tuesday night when teammate Phil Pressey landed on his leg underneath the Missouri basket and coach Frank Haith believed Bowers sprained the MCL.

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Bowers, who missed all last season with a torn ACL in his left knee, will undergo an MRI on Wednesday. Bowers, who finished with 16 points and five rebounds in 31 minutes, smacked his hands together, showing his frustration, when he returned to the end of the bench with about four minutes to go.

"They're going to look at it," Haith said. "We don't know the extent of it. We're concerned when any of our guys get hurt."

Bowers has four double-doubles and is averaging nearly 17 points and seven rebounds.

Jabari Brown hit a career-high five consecutive 3-pointers after an early miss and Pressey responded from a shaky first half with 11 points and 13 assists. Pressey slightly sprained an ankle when he collided with Bowers but missed less than a minute.

Trevor Releford had a career-best 26 points with three 3-pointers and topped 1,000 points for Alabama (8-6, 0-1), which has lost six of eight. Coach Anthony Grant lost for the first time in seven career conference openers, three at VCU and four at Alabama.

Missouri shot 59 percent from the field in the second half. The Tigers shot 56 percent overall and were 9 for 15 from 3-point range.

"We couldn't get stops," Grant said. "To me, that was the story of the second half. Whether it was the press, transition, half-court, we did not defend the way we would need to defend to be able to come on the road against an opponent like Missouri and get a win."

Brown scored a career-high 22 points on 7-for-11 overall shooting, three days after making only one of nine attempts in a two-point victory over Bucknell. The Oregon transfer has scored in double figures in four of five games since becoming eligible at the semester break.

"Coach always tells me, `Don't get down on yourself, don't let one play discourage you,"' Brown said. "So I've just been having that mindset and I'm glad that game was history.

"It feels like the basket gets bigger out there."

Earnest Ross added a season-best 19 points for Missouri (12-2, 1-0) and Alex Oriakhi helped the Tigers pull away with 10 of his 16 points over the final 11 minutes. He grabbed 11 rebounds. Oriakhi powered for two inside baskets in a 9-2 run that put the Tigers up 62-51 with 9 minutes to go and Alabama got no closer than six points the rest of the way.

"Just being aggressive," Oriakhi said. "I posted harder and my teammates found me."

Releford, who is from Kansas City and was recruited by Missouri, scored 19 points in the first half to top his average of 15.6. But he took just one shot over the first 8 1/2 minutes of the second half. The junior is the 46th player in school history to score 1,000 points but just the seventh with 1,000 points and 140 steals.

Releford said about 30 supporters were in a crowd of 13,895, the biggest of the season but a little more than 1,000 shy of capacity.

"I think it was a good opportunity to come back and play close to home and have my family come out and see me play," Releford said. "But I treated this game like any other SEC game.

"I just wanted to come in, get a win and worry about the next game after that."

Pressey had eight assists in the first half, largely negated by four turnovers including two giveaways in a span of just over a minute. One was so glaring he grabbed Levi Randolph for an intentional foul.

Missouri survived those mistakes behind 6-for-10 3-point shooting, with Brown going 3 for 4 and Ross 2 for 2.

Alabama's best stretch was a 12-0 run for a 19-17 lead, with two baskets apiece from Releford and Pollard.

Missouri won despite getting outrebounded for the second straight game, giving up a 32-27 advantage to Alabama after Bucknell had a 39-38 edge. The Tigers lead the nation in rebounding and outrebounded their first 12 opponents.

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Missouri's Jabari Brown finds the zone during the second half after struggling during his previous game.  (US Presswire)
Missouri's Jabari Brown finds the zone during the second half after struggling during his previous game. (US Presswire)
Scoreboard
Alabama (8-6)363268
Missouri #10 (12-2) «404484
BAMA:T. Releford 26 Pts
BAMA:R. Cooper 7 Reb
BAMA:T. Releford 3 Ast
MIZZOU:J. Brown 22 Pts
MIZZOU:A. Oriakhi 10 Reb
MIZZOU:P. Pressey 13 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
AlabamaMissouri
BAMA
Trevor Releford
MIZZOU
Alex Oriakhi
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
261316101
Alabama Crimson Tide
T. Releford, G358-147-813326
R. Cooper, G335-120-070211
T. Lacey, G274-90-02129
D. Pollard, F264-82-221310
N. Jacobs, F221-51-23003
L. Randolph, G251-43-45225
A. Steele, G161-32-20144
M. Gueye, C150-00-05050
R. Obasohan, G10-00-00000
C. Engstrom, CDid Not Play
K. Blackledge, GDid Not Play
J. Goode, FDid Not Play
D. Slaughter, FDid Not Play
I. Wilson, GDid Not Play
Totals 24-5515-182582168
 43.6%83.3% 
Missouri Tigers
J. Brown, G377-113-422222
P. Pressey, G354-102-4213311
A. Oriakhi, F336-84-5101316
L. Bowers, F316-84-551116
K. Bell, G40-00-00010
E. Ross, G357-122-451019
N. Webster-Chan, G120-00-01020
S. Jankovic, F110-40-02030
R. Rosburg, F20-00-00010
M. Dixon, Jr., GDid Not Play
T. Criswell, FDid Not Play
D. Feldmann, FDid Not Play
D. Bull, GDid Not Play
C. Haith, GDid Not Play
Totals 30-5315-2227181684
 56.6%68.2% 
Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky0-04-09
Alabama0-03-026
Arkansas0-03-059
Miss. State0-03-070
Vanderbilt0-02-0297
LSU0-03-17
Auburn0-02-1253
Florida0-02-135
Georgia0-02-1103
Missouri0-02-1142
Ole Miss0-02-1321
Texas A&M0-02-1243
S. Carolina0-02-2122
Tennessee0-01-1207
 
Other games
CLEM 40 Final
DUKE 68
DRKE 61 Final
CREI 91
OHST 74 Final
PUR 64
PITT 73 Final
GU 45