Hoosiers Post Road Win, Beat Missouri 73-68
December 7, 1999
The Hoosiers grabbed their first lead against Missouri with 43.2 seconds remaining in the contest and held onto that lead for a 73-68 road win to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Kirk Haston found a cutting Dan Fife in the lane and Fife finished with a layup to give Indiana a 68-66 lead, its first of the game. The Hoosiers got clutch free throw shooting from Michael Lewis and A.J. Guyton down the stretch to secure the victory.
Haston provided the offensive spark in the second half as he tallied all 17 of his points points in the second stanza.
The Hoosiers trailed 37-28 at the half but opened the second half with a 10-2 run to pull within two points. Michael Lewis scored a pair of buckets and Haston and Fife each connected on two free throws, while Guyton drilled a jumper during the run.
Missouri answered with an 8-0 run of its own to open up a 50-40 lead. The Hoosiers stayed in the contest and rode Haston's hot shooting as he scored six straight points, but Missouri kept answering with three pointers to maintain a five-point lead with under 5:00 to play.
The Hoosiers went on a 5-0 run in the final 3:00 to erase a 64-59 Tiger lead. Guyton knotted the game at 64 with two free throws at the 2:16 mark. After two Missouri free throws and a Haston hook shot Fife performed his heroics to give Indiana the lead for good.
Missouri never trailed in the first half and led by as much as 16 points as the Tigers forced the Hoosiers into 14 first half turnovers. Indiana outscored Missouri 10-3 to end the first half cutting the Tigers double-digit lead to nine.
Lewis hit a long three-pointer from the left wing to close out the first half scoring for the Hoosiers. Lewis and Fife led Indiana in the opening 20:00 with seven points apiece.
Fife did most of his scoring early in the half as he scored the Hoosier's first bucket of the game and then converted on a three-point play to even the score at 12 en route to scoring five straight points. He finished the game with 12 points and eight rebounds.
Guyton tallied 16 points, while Lewis came off the bench with
13 points and four assists. The Hoosiers shot 52.1 percent from
the floor, while holding Missouri to 40 percent, including 31.4
percent in the second half. No team has shot better than 40 percent
for the game this season against the Hoosiers.
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