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  Saturday, Dec. 9 2:00pm ET
Missouri 77, St Louis 73

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Kareem Rush scored 24 points and Missouri rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit with free throw shooting in a 77-73 victory over Saint Louis Saturday.

Brian Grawer clinched the comeback for the Tigers (6-1) when he made two free throws with five seconds to go. Missouri was 20-for-25 at the line in the second half and 26-for-33 overall, a season best.

Saint Louis (5-2), which got 16 points from Marque Perry, was 8-for-16 from the line in the second half. With Missouri ahead 75-73, Perry squandered Saint Louis' last chance when he turned the ball over in the lane with about six seconds to go.

Perry's basket off the drive had cut the gap to 74-73 with 16.7 seconds to go.

Clarence Gilbert overcame 5-for-16 shooting with strong play down the stretch, scoring seven of his 17 points in the final 4:16. Saint Louis led 54-44 with 10:19 to go and was ahead 69-61 before Missouri scored 12 of the next 13 points.

Rush, who entered with a Big 12-leading 21-point average, made eight of 15 shots and was 8-for-9 at the line. He has led the Tigers in scoring six of seven games and has been in double figures 25 straight games.

Rickey Paulding added 13 points for Missouri, which lost 75-72 last season at St. Louis as the teams renewed the series after a 19-year gap. Missouri, which won three in a row, ended Saint Louis' four-game winning streak and now leads the series 20-19.

Josh Fisher, making his first start for Saint Louis, added 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Justin Tatum had 13 points and six rebounds.

Missouri trailed most of the game, but took the lead for good when Gilbert made a 3-pointer with 2:02 left and Rush drove the lane with 1:33 to go for a 71-70 lead. Two free throws by Rush with 38.4 seconds to go made it 73-70.

Missouri twice cut the gap to two points early in the second half, the second time at 44-42 on two free throws by Arthur Johnson with 13:08 left. Saint Louis answered with a 10-2 run.

Saint Louis also finished the first half on a 12-4 run, capped by Drew Diener's 3-pointer with 13 seconds to go, for a 38-31 lead.


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