Scores

Final

Iowa State 78

(17-10, 9-7 Big 12)

Colorado 73

(13-15, 4-12 Big 12)

    4:00 PM ET, March 5, 2005

    Coors Events Center, Boulder, Colorado

    1 2 T
    ISU 26 5278
    COLO 31 4273

    Top Performers

    Iowa State: C. Stinson 22 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 2 Stl

    Colorado: A. Osborn 14 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast

    Iowa State 78, Colorado 73

    BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- Wayne Morgan knew only a win would do if Iowa State was to keep its NCAA Tournament hopes alive.

    "It was a critical, key game," the Iowa State coach said. "We needed to have this game."

    His Cyclones got the message and with Curtis Stinson scoring 14 of his 22 points in the second half and having seven assists, Iowa State posted a 78-73 victory over Colorado on Saturday.

    Will Blalock and Tasheed Carr added 20 points each for Iowa State (17-10, 9-7 Big 12 Conference), a tournament bubble team with a 71 RPI. The Cyclones shot 56 percent in the second half after a dismal first half to win their second straight game.

    "I feel we are already worthy of a bid," Stinson said. "I think we won enough games to be in the NCAA, but we can't demand anybody to give us that."

    Andy Osborn had 14 points on four 3-pointers for Colorado (13-15, 4-12), which cannot win a berth in the NCAA Tournament without winning the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

    The Buffaloes ended the regular season with a five-game losing streak, finishing 11th in the Big 12 ahead of only Baylor.

    Morgan issued an appeal to the Cyclones at the break to improve their first half effort.

    "I told them at halftime that this game was going to come down to how big their heart was and how much guts they had and that's all this team was about," Morgan said. "If they had any guts and heart, there was 20 minutes left and I basically told them every line drive we have run, every shooting drill we have done has boiled down to these 20 minutes."

    The Cyclones responded, forcing three turnovers and an airball from Colorado on its first four possessions of the half. Blalock countered with three outside jumpers for six points on the offensive end.

    Baskets by Damion Staple and Stinson put Iowa State ahead 46-41 with 13:17 left after Blalock's eight points helped erase a five-point halftime deficit. Chris Copeland hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 47-46 and Colorado stayed within striking distance as Osborn hit two 3-pointers.

    Marcus Hall's two free throws got the Buffaloes as close as 72-72 with 52 seconds left. Blalock sank four free throws and Stinson two for Iowa State the rest of the way to seal the win as Colorado missed its last four shots.

    "We had to finish the game off and the kids played really well down the stretch," Morgan said. "We made the plays we had to make and made some key free throws and got some key rebounds and we had only two turnovers in the second half."

    The Cyclones shot 31 percent from the field and trailed 31-26 at the half.

    "We just couldn't make plays in the second half," Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said. "Our 18 turnover hurt us and stalled our offense.

    The regular season couldn't have ended any sooner for Colorado. The Buffaloes, who open Big 12 Tournament play against Texas, matched the futility of 2000-01 when they won only six conference games and had only two conference wins at home.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    ISU
    COLO
    Points 78 73
    FG Made-Attempted 29-66 (.439) 26-60 (.433)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-20 (.400) 10-31 (.323)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-19 (.632) 11-16 (.688)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 7

    2004-05 Season

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