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Hoosiers Hoopers Survive Scare

Luke Recker scored 23 points as No. 22 Indiana stormed back from a 19-point halftime deficit to beat Indiana State 76-70 Saturday.

The Hoosiers (3-0) trailed Indiana State 45-26 after shooting just 35 percent in the first half.

But Indiana rallied by hitting 58 percent of its shots after intermission and holding Indiana State to 19-percent shooting in the second half.

Kirk Haston came off the bench to add 18 points and a game-high 16 rebounds for the Hoosiers. No other Indiana player scored in double figures.

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Nate Green scored 20 points, Matt Renn had 14 and Kelyn Block had 10 for Indiana State (0-1).

The Sycamores appeared to tire in the second half after losing starting guard Michael Menser to a freak injury late in the first half. He broke his nose in a collision with teammate Jon Luchetti, and was sidelined for the rest of the game with a concussion.

Indiana trailed 52-37 early in the second half before bringing exciting the Assembly Hall sellout crowd of 17,098 with a run that trimmed the deficit to 52-41. Recker capped that flurry with a steal and a layup.

Indiana State maintained a 59-51 edge until the Hoosiers scored 10 consecutive points, four by Kirk Haston.

Recker hit a 22-footer from the left side to tie the score at 59-59 with 6:34 to play. Haston then scored on a rebound to give Indiana its first lead since early in the first half.

Indiana and Indiana State had not met since 1991, when the Hoosiers routed the Sycamores 94-44 in the Hoosier Classic in Indianapolis. Saturday's game marked their first meeting in Bloomington since 1960.

Indiana leads the series 15-2.

Indiana state took advantage of the Hoosiers' cold shooting in the first half, using its transition game to bolt to a 19-9 lead. Indiana, repeatedly missing down low, went scoreless for 5:10.

Haston hit three shots to fuel an 8-0 spurt that pulled Indiana to 19-17.

Green and Adkins then scored five points each athe Sycamores outscored Indiana 19-2 over the last five minutes of the half.

The Sycamores hit nine of 14 3-point baskets in the half and were 18-of-32 from the floor. Indiana was one-for-seven from three-point range and 11-of-31 from the floor before intermission.

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