AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Freshman Curtis Stinson hit a spinning shot in
the lane to put Iowa State ahead with 38.5 seconds left and the
Cyclones went on to beat Missouri 70-65 on Wednesday night.
Stinson, who scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half,
helped Iowa State (8-2) build a 12-point lead in the Big 12 opener,
then led the Cyclones back after Missouri (5-5) went up by seven.
Missouri pulled ahead 65-64 on Rickey Paulding's two free throws
with 2:06 remaining and the Tigers had a chance to expand their
lead after a traveling call negated a basket by Iowa State's Jared
Homan at the 1:36 mark.
But Paulding missed a 3-point shot and Iowa State capitalized.
Stinson, a 6-foot-2 guard, drove into the lane, spun and put up a
soft shot that dropped through the basket.
Will Blalock, Iowa State's other freshman guard, then picked off
a Paulding pass and Missouri had to foul Jake Sullivan, who hasn't
missed a free throw all season. Sullivan made two with 17.1 seconds
left for a 68-65 lead and Homan sank two more to finish it off
after Paulding missed another 3-point attempt.
Blalock, Sullivan and Homan all finished with 11 points, with
Blalock adding five assists and four steals.
The game reflected Missouri's up-and-down season. The Tigers
seemed to have righted themselves in a 20-point victory over Iowa
last Saturday and seized the momentum Wednesday night with a 23-5
run that erased a 12-point Iowa State lead.
Gardner's final 3 gave the Tigers a 63-56 lead, but Iowa State
came right back. Stinson scored six straight points and Homan
followed with a jumper in an 8-0 burst that put Iowa State up 64-63
with 3:14 remaining. Paulding then hit his two free throws to give
Missouri its final lead.