Tigers turn it on late

It didn't look good for Missouri midway through the fourth quarter, trailing by as much as 13 at Indiana. But an amazing run to close the game kept the Tigers undefeated with a 63-58 win against the Hoosiers. Travon Bryant and Linas Kleiza led the way.

Considering its past two games, Missouri made the improbable, if not impossible, happen Saturday at Indiana.

With Arthur Johnson fouled out, No. 4 Missouri didn't give up a basket in the last four minutes and mounted a comeback to beat Indiana 63-58 on Saturday at Assembly Hall.

The Tigers, whose only lead before the last two minutes was 2-0, trailed as much as 13 in the second half, but Indiana forward Sean Klein's free throw with 4:29 left to make it 58-49 was the last time Indiana would score.

Travon Bryant and Linus Kleiza led the charge back, combining for 11 of the Tigers' points of the closing 15-0 run. Bryant, who had 16 points, led Missouri in scoring for the second consecutive game. Kleiza had 15, as did Johnson.

Ironically, Johnson's fifth foul with 4:29 left started the comeback. Kleiza made a free throw and a 3-pointer. Then after a Rickey Paulding layup, Bryant made a 3-pointer to make it 58-57 with under three minutes left.

Kleiza followed more than a minute later with a 3-point play to put Missouri ahead by two. After Jimmy McKinney put Missouri ahead 62-58 with a tough jumper, Bryant had a block and a steal on Indiana's next possession to seal the game.

Missouri had 14 turnovers, six less than its average in its first two games against Oakland and Coppin State.

Paulding had his second straight rough game, scoring eight points on 4-of-15 shooting.


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