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33.3% shooting dooms Hoosiers

IU falls short in second consecutive comeback try

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Missouri did exactly what it needed to Monday night -- it played tough, hard-nosed, in-your-face defense.\nAnd Indiana had no answer.\nThe Tigers limited the Hoosiers to 33.3 percent shooting and walked away with a 68-63 victory -- their first in Bloomington since 1962.\nKareem Rush led Missouri (7-2) with 18 points, despite making no baskets in the second half.\nWhat did in the Hoosiers (7-4) was a woeful shooting performance, which included their worst half of the season as they shot just 25.7 percent from the floor during the first 20 minutes.\nMissouri, which was coming off a double-overtime loss at Iowa, didn't fare much better. The Tigers shot just 36.4 percent from the floor, but it was enough to stave off a furious Indiana rally in the final five minutes.\nMissouri used a 10-2 run to build a 29-23 first half lead, and led most of the rest of the night.\nAnd when Tajudeen Soyoye scored on a putback to make it 59-50 with 5:15 left in the game, it appeared the Tigers had taken control.\nBut Indiana rallied. Tom Coverdale knocked down a 3-pointer, Jared Jeffries hit a free throw and Coverdale put in a layup to trim the lead to 59-56 just 1:25 later.\nBack-to-back Jeffries baskets gave Indiana a 60-59 lead with 2:06 left.\nBut when Rush hit two free throws with 38.3 seconds to go, his first points of the half, the Tigers led again 64-63.\nIndiana's Kirk Haston then missed a short jumper with 17 seconds left, and the Tigers made four straight free throws to close out the game.\nJeffries finished with 18 points and Coverdale 16 to lead the Hoosiers.

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