<
>

Missouri come up short in Cyclones' upset

1/8/2004

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.

Thomas Gardner led Missouri with 17 points and had the Tigers'
last field goal, a 3-pointer with 5:47 remaining. Paulding scored
15 and Arthur Johnson had 10.

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.