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Missouri 82, Iowa State 70

2/18/2004

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Arthur Johnson had 16 points, 11 rebounds
and three steals to lead Missouri to an 82-70 victory over Iowa
State Wednesday night, as the Tigers continued their second-half
surge.

Jimmy McKinney had 21 points and Rickey Paulding 19 for Missouri
(12-10, 6-5 Big 12), which has won three in a row for the first
time since opening the season with victories over Oakland, Coppin
State and Indiana.

The Tigers, attempting to rescue their season after being ranked
as high as No. 3 in mid-December, fought off a second-half charge
from Iowa State (14-8, 5-6) and overcame 23 turnovers to send the
Cyclones to their 22nd consecutive conference road loss.

Johnson earned the 42nd double-double of his career, but his
first in nine games, while playing 38 minutes to help Missouri
continue the momentum it built with earlier victories over UNLV and
Colorado.

Paulding was 3-for-5 from 3-point range to compensate for a poor
game from Thomas Gardner, who followed a career-best 20 points with
three points on 1-for-8 shooting. Jason Conley added 14 points.

Curtis Stinson had 18 points, seven assists and six rebounds and
Jake Sullivan had 17 points for Iowa State. But the Cyclones' big
men, Jackson Vroman and Jared Homan, were in foul trouble
throughout. Vroman had seven points and five rebounds, five shy of
his Big 12-leading average, before fouling out in the final minute.
Homan had four points, seven below his average, and three rebounds
before fouling out with 6:04 to play.

Iowa State is 13-1 at home, but is 0-5 on the road in conference
play.

Missouri twice led by 17 points early in the second half, the
last time at 52-35 with 16:52 to go. Iowa State shaved the gap to
four with a 10-0 run capped by Homan's inside basket with 9:55
left.

Missouri finished the first half on a 12-3 run, including four
points from Johnson in the final minute, to take its biggest lead
at 43-31. The last two games the Tigers have started fast with an
overall 97-58 advantage over the Cyclones and UNLV.

Iowa State battled 34.5 percent shooting, an uncharacteristic 12
turnovers, and foul trouble to its big men. John Neal had 11 points
in the half, topping his previous career best of six, but was
scoreless in the second half.