Stanford 67

(16-14, 11-7 Pac-12)

Missouri State 76

(21-8, 12-6 MVC)

    9:30 PM ET, March 17, 2006

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    STAN 40 2767
    MOSU 42 3476

    Top Performers

    Stanford: L. Hill 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Missouri St: D. Thompson 19 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    (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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 67 76
    FG Made-Attempted 18-46 (.391) 21-50 (.420)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-15 (.267) 6-18 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 27-35 (.771) 28-38 (.737)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 32 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 4 20


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