Senior Night. A night where years of dedication and sacrifice are exhibited. It’s the last game on the home court, last game in front of the fans, and the Missouri seniors did not disappoint. Led by Laurence Bowers, the men’s basketball team punished the Arkansas Razorbacks, 93-63 Tuesday night.
Before the game started, the three Missouri seniors were honored in front of a sellout crowd of 15,061. Alex Oriakhi, Keion Bell, and Laurence Bowers were each given a framed version of their jersey as thanks for all the hard work and dedication they had given to the team. But not just the senior basketball players were recognized. The managers, cheerleaders, and Golden Girls were acknowledged as well.
Jumping into the game, it was close at first, but around the 11 minute mark, the Tigers just ran away with the game. The Hogs never really stood a chance after that.
In the first half alone, Missouri out-rebounded Arkansas 26-9. At the end of the game, the Tigers had dominated on the boards, 40-17. The Tigers also shot 58% from the field.
Arkansas could not handle the sheer size of Missouri’s big men, or the defensive pressure, and had to resort to shooting three pointers for the majority of the game.
Bowers went out in style in his last home game at Mizzou Arena with a monster double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Fellow seniors Oriakhi and Bell also had stellar nights, turning in ten points for Oriakhi and eight points for Bell.
After leading 48-22 at the half, Missouri continued its dominating rout of the Razorbacks, Jabari Brown contributing with 23 points on the night.
The lone Razorback that went into the double digits points wise was BJ Young, who had an impressive 27 points. But even this didn’t help the Hogs as the Tigers butchered them, 93-63.
Following the impressive win, the three Missouri seniors addressed Tiger Nation; each one giving thanks to an organization that had profoundly impacted their lives during their college tenure.
Bell expressed gratitude for being welcomed as a transfer, saying, “ Even though I’ve been here for a short time, I feel like I’ve been here my whole career,” while Oriakhi thanked the crowd for an undefeated home season.
But Bowers final statement is the one that will resonate in Mizzou Arena’s walls for years to come.
“I love this place. I’ve been here for five years, and its been a long journey. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely pick Mizzou.”
The Tigers do not play again until Saturday, when they take on Tennessee in Knoxville for the final game of the season.