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Bowers leads No. 13 Missouri over Oral Roberts

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Laurence Bowers scored 17 points and No. 13 Missouri avenged last season's defeat to Oral Roberts with an 81-62 victory Thursday night.  

Marcus Denmon added 16 points for the Tigers (9-1), who used an 18-2 run in taking a 13-point halftime lead. Missouri held Oral Roberts to 26 percent shooting from the field.  

Missouri lost 60-59 at Oral Roberts on Dec. 9, 2009 on a layup by Kansas City native Micahel Craion with .9 seconds to go as the fans rushed the court.  

The Tigers were without starting point guard Michael Dixon who was suspended indefinitely Wednesday after violating an undisclosed team rule. No timetable has been set for his return.  

Freshman Phil Pressey got the start in place of Dixon and finished with eight points and seven assists, increasing his total to 16 over the last two games.  

Dominique Morrison led the Golden Eagles (4-6) with 18 points and Damen Bell-Holter finished with 10 and a career-high 17 rebounds.  

Oral Roberts held a three-point lead with 7 minutes to play in the first half when the Tigers went on an 18-2 run over a 5-minute span. Kim English hit consecutive 3-pointers to spur the Tigers to a 37-24 halftime lead.  

The Golden Eagles responded with a 10-0 run early in the second half to pull within seven, the closest they came the rest of the game.  

Ricardo Ratliffe and English each finished with 10 points for Missouri, which forced 19 turnovers.  

The victory pushes Missouri's non-conference home winning streak to 53 games with all but seven coming under coach Mike Anderson.  

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