COLUMBIA, MO - MARCH 05: Marshawn Powell #33 of the Arkansas Razorbacks and Keion Bell #5 of the Missouri Tigers dive for a loose ball during the game at Mizzou Arena on March 5, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty …
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Emotions ran high during Missouri's final home game against Arkansas.
It was Mike Anderson's first trip back to Mizzou arena since leaving the team for Arkansas after the 2010-2011 season.
During a timeout, it appeared Missouri coach Frank Haith and Anderson were in a verbal dispute.
Both men dismissed the incident as miscommunication after the game.
"I thought it was a miscommunication," Haith said after the game. "I was emotional for my team, and I was encouraging my team, and he thought I was saying something else. But I was only talking to my team."
That emotion drove the team to play harder, according to senior Alex Oriakhi.
"Coach is an emotional guy and I definitely think we feed off that," Oriakhi said. "I looked at him on the side and I didn't really recognize him, that was the most emotional I've ever seen him. But we feed off of it."
Laurence Bowers had 24 points and 11 rebounds in his final home game, contributing to a rough evening for old coach Mike Anderson's first appearance as a visitor and helping Missouri finish unbeaten at home with a 93-63 rout over Arkansas on Tuesday night.
Haith said it's hard not to root for Bowers after the last two years.
"t feel real blessed to have been around him for two years. He's been through a lot and he's handled it unbelievably. With his ACL, MCL, and not playing well when he got back, he's handled all that so well because he's a smart young man and I'm glad to see him play well," Haith said.
Bowers said Missouri fans energized his final home game at Mizzou arena.
"It's very embracing - this was the way I wanted to go out my senior night. We got the win. I tried to respond to as many people as I can on Twitter because I love interacting with the fans, they're a big part of our success. My senior night was a success," he said.
Fellow senior Jabari Brown helped finish off the Razorbacks early with 13 of his 23 points in a dominant first half with the Tigers (22-8-11-6 SEC) leading 48-22. Oriakhi had 10 points and eight rebounds and topped 1,000 career rebounds.
BJ Young had 27 points for Arkansas (18-12, 9-8), which shot just 31 percent in the first half while going 1 for 15 from 3-point range. The Razorbacks surrendered a season high in points.
Missouri finished 17-0 at home for its second unbeaten slate in five years. The Tigers shot 58 percent in the first half and 57 percent the rest of the way.
Watch interaction between Frank Haith and Mike Anderson below:
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