MU stops Nebraska 87-71

Thursday, February 14, 2002

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Kareem Rush scored a season-high 30 points as Missouri beat Nebraska 87-71 Wednesday night.

Clarence Gilbert added 14 points and Rickey Paulding scored 13 as the Tigers (18-7, 7-4) swept the season series for the second time in three years.

Missouri was 34-for-64 (53 percent) from the floor and never let Nebraska (11-11, 4-7) get closer than 10 in the second half.

Rush's previous season high was 29 on Saturday in an 81-80 loss to Baylor. He had 15 points at halftime and reached 30 on a jumper with 12 seconds left.

Rush, who had just eight points last month as the Tigers beat the Huskers 60-53, was averaging nearly 21 points a game in five previous games against Nebraska.

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