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
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
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
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.