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Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Torn ACL ends F Laurence Bowers' year

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri senior forward Laurence Bowers has torn an ACL in one of his knees and won't play this season.

Missouri coach Frank Haith said Bowers was injured Monday. Bowers had made 27 starts as a junior last season, averaging 11.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. Bowers has a redshirt season available and would be eligible to return next year.

The 6-foot-8 Bowers, who is from Memphis, Tenn., finished second in the Big 12 last season with 62 blocked shots and was 14th in the league in rebounding.

The injury is a big loss for the Tigers' offense. Bowers was one of two relevant frontcourt players returning, with Louisville transfer George Goode deciding not to come to Columbia after all and eventually landing at Fairleigh Dickinson. Ricardo Ratliffe is the only non-Bowers player that logged considerable time at the forward spot last season.

That means Missouri's guard-heavy lineup will have to adjust on both ends of the floor. On attack, the Tigers will probably have to play a hybrid four-guard lineup, with small forward Kim English sliding to the "power forward" spot in name only.

Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com college basketball blogger Eamonn Brennan was used in this report.