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(2) MISSOURI ST 76, (7) STANFORD 67

SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (Ticker) -- Deke Thompson helped to keep
his collegiate career going while ending those of Stanford's
senior stars.

Thompson scored 11 of his 19 points in the second half to lead
second-seeded Missouri State to a 76-67 victory over the No. 7
Cardinal in the first round of the National Invitation
Tournament.

Stanford's standout senior trio of Dan Grunfeld, Chris Hernandez
and Matt Haryasz, who had designs on a much better season,
combined to score 31 points on 7-of-22 shooting in their final
games.

They had a collective 36 points on 12-of-24 shooting in an
opening-round win over Virginia.

A 6-0 senior, Thompson was 4-of-7 from the field and made
9-of-12 from the line. He grabbed four rebounds, recorded two
steals and did not have a turnover in 24 minutes.

Bears leading scorer Blake Ahearn matched Thompson with 19
points and hit a pair of free throws with 3:25 left to give his
team a 64-61 lead. Thompson's jumper with 1:11 remaining made
it 68-63 and Ahearn hit two foul shots moments later to open a
seven-point advantage.

Thompson made four straight free throws in the final 30 seconds
as Missouri State (21-8) advanced to take on Houston in the
second round Monday.

Aside from Thompson and Ahearn, no other Bear scored in double
figures. But seven members of the squad had at least one steal
as the hosts forced 21 turnovers that led to 21 points.

Haryasz led the Cardinal (16-14) with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Lawrence Hill chipped in 13 and seven off the bench.