Missouri 49

(14-15, 6-9 Big 12)

Iowa State 67

(16-10, 8-7 Big 12)

    8:00 PM ET, March 2, 2005

    Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa

    1 2 T
    MIZZ 19 3049
    ISU 29 3867

    Top Performers

    Missouri: J. Conley 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Iowa State: C. Stinson 14 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 3 Stl

    Iowa State 67, Missouri 49

    AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Will Blalock scored 19 points, Jared Homan had a double-double in his final regular-season home game and Iowa State rattled Missouri from start to finish with its pressure defense in beating the Tigers 67-49 Wednesday night.

    Homan had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Curtis Stinson added 14 points and eight assists and Rahshon Clark scored 12 for the Cyclones (16-10, 8-7), who broke a two-game losing streak and kept their NCAA tournament hopes alive.

    Missouri (14-15, 6-9) melted amid a flurry of missed shots and turnovers and lost for the second straight game. The Tigers finished with a season low for points and a season high for turnovers (22). They shot 39 percent and went 4-for-22 on 3-pointers, missing their first 13 attempts from beyond the arc.

    Iowa State, meanwhile, blew the game open in the second half with a series of crowd-pleasing plays that brought the fans to their feet.

    Stinson beat his man with a crossover dribble, got fouled as he drove for a layup and made the free throw to complete a three-point play. Moments later, he fed Blalock for a layup, capping a 12-2 run that made it 45-26.

    And the Cyclones were just getting warmed up.

    Blalock dunked after Tasheed Carr knocked the ball away, Stinson lobbed to Clark for a layup and John Neal lobbed to Blalock for a short baseline jumper. Carr got another steal 2 minutes later and passed to the 6-foot Blalock, who whirled around for a reverse two-handed dunk that made it 65-40.

    Blalock was called for a technical foul for hanging on the rim and while the call drew a cascade of boos, the Cyclones didn't seem to mind.

    Jason Conley led Missouri with 14 points and 13 rebounds, but no one else reached double figures for the Tigers. Linas Kleiza, averaging 15.2 points, scored only eight.

    Iowa State finished with 14 steals and 21 assists and outscored Missouri 30-4 in points off turnovers, more than enough to negate Missouri's 41-31 rebounding advantage.

    The Cyclones got an early spark from an unlikely source. Senior Dave Braet, a walk-on, was given his first start after playing in only nine games in his career and quickly made his presence felt, getting a steal that he turned into a layup 59 seconds into the game.

    Braet later drew a roar from the crowd when he tied up Kleiza and he got an assist on a Stinson jumper that made it 12-4. He left to a standing ovation at the 13:27 mark and Iowa State never gave up the lead.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 49 67
    FG Made-Attempted 20-51 (.392) 27-63 (.429)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-22 (.182) 1-13 (.077)
    FT Made-Attempted 5-10 (.500) 12-15 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 11 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 25

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