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Laurence Bowers to return tonight for Missouri

Jan 30, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

Laurence Bowers, Kris Davis AP

Frank Haith confirmed a report through a team spokesman that Laurence Bowers will be back in the lineup for Missouri tonight.

Bowers suffered an MCL sprain earlier this month and has missed the past five games. Missouri has gone 3-2 during that stretch, including embarrassing losses to Ole Miss and Florida and a close win over South Carolina at home.

Bowers was averaging 16.8 points and 7.0 boards before the injury.

The Tigers will face LSU tonight.