COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Laurence Bowers had nine points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, and No. 15 Missouri overcame awful free throw shooting in its opener to hold off Western Illinois 66-61 on Thursday night.
Phil Pressey, Marcus Denmon and Steve Moore also had nine points apiece for Missouri (1-0), which won its 48th consecutive non-conference home game despite going only 14 for 27 from the line. The Tigers shot 72 percent last season while going 23-11 and advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament.