Bowers recognizes Dixon in Missouri men's basketball senior night celebration

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 11:21 p.m. CST; updated 12:05 a.m. CST, Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Missouri forward Laurence Bowers takes a shot over Arkansas defender Hunter Mickelson during the Tigers' 93-63 win over the Razorbacks Tuesday evening at Mizzou Arena. In his final game at Mizzou Arena, Bowers scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

COLUMBIA — After the Missouri men's basketball team's 93-63 win Tuesday over Arkansas in the Tigers' final home game of the season, Missouri's three senior players, Alex Oriakhi, Keion Bell and Laurence Bowers gathered at midcourt, and each gave a short speech.

After thanking Missouri fans for his five years at Missouri, Bowers ended his speech with a mention of former Missouri guard Michael Dixon Jr.

"I told this guy I would never forget him when I got the mic, and that's Mike Dixon," Bowers said as the crowd cheered. "I know he's not with us, but he's a part of this class, too, and we love him. Other than that I don't have too much to say. M-I-Z."

In November, Dixon announced he would transfer from Missouri after accusations against him of sexual assault surfaced. Dixon had been suspended from the team shortly after playing in the Black and Gold game in October.  

No further comments about Dixon were made in Tuesday's news conference after the game other than one from coach Frank Haith saying his team had to change its lineup after Dixon's departure.

Supervising editor is Grant Hodder

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