Scores

Final

Iowa State 70

(14-8, 5-6 Big 12)

Missouri 82

(12-10, 6-5 Big 12)

    8:00 PM ET, February 18, 2004

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    ISU 31 3970
    MIZZ 43 3982

    Missouri 82, Iowa State 70

    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.

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