Saturday , Dec , 06 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Mizzou stuns Hoosiers with late rally

Bloomington, IN (Sports Network) – Travon Bryant scored 16 points and grabbed
10 rebounds, as fourth- ranked Missouri rallied late in the game to
overcome a double-digit deficit and defeat Indiana, 63-58, at Assembly Hall.

Arthur Johnson had 15 points and nine rebounds despite fouling out for the
Tigers (3-0), who have won their first three games of the season all by
single-digits. Linas Kleiza added 15 points in the win.

Donald Perry posted 13 points and Bracey Wright chipped in 12 for the Hoosiers
(2-3), who have dropped two straight contests.

Missouri trailed 56-42 with around seven minutes remaining in the game, but
came storming back as it closed the contest on a 21-2 run to overcome the late
14-point deficit en route to the win.

Bryant began the surge with a basket, which was followed by consecutive hoops
by Jimmy McKinney. After Sean Kline made two free throws for Indiana, Kleiza
scored four straight points to get the Tigers within 58-52 with around four
minutes left in the game.

Rickey Paulding’s layup, followed by consecutive three-pointers by Bryant and
Kleiza gave Missouri a 60-58 advantage. McKinney’s baseline jumper in the
final minute and one Bryant free throw accounted for the final margin and put
an end to a game-clinching 15-0 spurt.

Indiana led 10-8 early on, but then used a 13-0 run to claim a 23-8 edge.
During the spurt, Wright scored five points, including a three-pointer. Josh
Kroenke’s three-pointer near the midway point of the half brought Missouri
within 25-16.

The Hoosiers quickly responded as they scored 14 of the final 24 points to
widen the gap to 39-26 at halftime. Marshall Strickland scored 10, while
Johnson led the Tigers with nine points in the opening 20 minutes.

Kleiza’s basket nearly six minutes into the second half got Missouri within
nine points at 45-36. However, the Hoosiers countered by scoring 11 of the
next 17 points to seize a 56-42 lead. Wright capped the burst on his long
three-pointer with just over seven minutes remaining.