January 11, 2011

Bowers leads Tiger block party

Laurence Bowers started the season with a goal in mind.

"I pride myself on blocking shots," the Missouri junior said. "I said I wanted to be the leader in the Big 12 in blocks."

So far, so good.

After a career-high (outside of the 12 he blocked in one game as a sophomore in high school) and school-record tying eight blocks against Colorado on Saturday, Bowers leads the league in both total blocks (39) and average per game (2.44). He is also chasing Missouri single-season records in both categories. Arthur Johnson blocked 71 shots in the 2001-02 season. He also holds the record for blocks per game in a year at 2.0.

"I don't even know who Arthur Johnson is. I'm sorry," Bowers said. "I know the record is very far away, but I'm going to do my best."

Should Bowers continue his current pace, he would finish the regular season with 75 blocked shots. He now has exactly 100 for his career, putting him sixth on the all-time list at Missouri. With 30 more, he would move into the top three behind only Steve Stipanovich (149) and Johnson (245).

Bowers' next chance to chase the record comes Wednesday night when Nebraska comes to town. But the junior from Memphis has only one thing on his mind…and it's got nothing to do with creeping closer to A.J.

"I expect a win," Bowers said. "I expect a win, that's it. We know how it feels to lose to Nebraska. We lost to Nebraska in the Big 12 tournament. We don't talk about revenge, but that kind of hit hard with me and I'm quite sure it did with other guys."

The Tigers and Huskers tip off at 7:00 at Mizzou Arena. PowerMizzou.com will have complete coverage.

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