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Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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Bowers sprains MCL in win, out for next two games

Senior forward Laurence Bowers suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his right knee in No. 10 Missouri’s 84-68 win over Alabama last night.

An MRI today revealed no bone damage or damage to other ligaments in the knee.

Bowers, who finished with 16 points and five rebounds in 31 minutes of play, bumped knees with a Crimson Tide forward with 6:19 left in the game, then seemingly rolled his ankle as he hopped away in pain, lowering himself to the ground almost instantly.

From that point, the Memphis native went back and forth from the bench to the locker room with athletic training staff. He never returned to the game and with around two minutes left did not return to the bench.

Bowers, who leads the Tigers (12-2, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) in scoring with 16.8 points per game, tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee in 2010 and missed all of last season.

A team statement said that Bowers would miss the next two games against Ole Miss (Jan. 12) and Georgia (Jan. 16), then be reevaluated.

MCL sprains are usually week-to-week injuries.

Bowers’s absence further chips away at MU’s deep frontcourt. Junior forward Tony Criswell is still out for the foreseeable future with a broken middle finger on his non-shooting hand.

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