Posted: Dec 24, 2012 9:40 AM
COLUMBIA -- Laurence Bowers was named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in Tiger wins over Southern Carolina State and No. 10 Illinois. Bowers had 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one block to lead No. 12 Missouri over No. 10 Illinois 82-73 in the annual Braggin' Rights game on Saturday.
Bowers has reached double figures in 10-of-11 games this season and has now topped 20 points four times this year. Bowers, who recorded his fourth double-double of the year, scored 15 points in the first half - the most by a Tiger in the first half of a game this year.
Also named the National Player of the Week by ESPN's Andy Katz, Bowers scored a team-leading 23 points in Missouri's win over the No. 10 Fighting Illini, while also grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing four assists. It was Missouri's fourth consecutive victory in the Bud Light Braggin' Rights Game and marked Bowers' fourth double-double of the season.
A strong candidate for All-America honors, Bowers leads Missouri (10-1) in scoring (16.9) and is second in rebounding (6.7). He is also shooting a team-best 57.4 percent from the floor and 56.5 percent from three-point range.
Mizzou returns to action on Friday at UCLA. The game is scheduled to tip at 9 p.m. CT on ESPN2.