Iowa State 82, Missouri 58

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- The best rut of Curtis Stinson's career

helped Iowa State lay a memorable whipping on Missouri.

Stinson scored 27 points for the third straight game and the

Cyclones were 25-for-27 at the free-throw line, pulling away in the

second half of an 82-58 victory on Wednesday night. It was the

worst home loss for the Tigers in 45 years.

Stinson, who wears jersey No. 1, joked that he might have to

change his number to 27.

"Maybe I ought to wear it now," Stinson said. "I just do

whatever I can to help our team win. I try to put numbers up."

The road is no longer a problem for the Cyclones (13-6, 3-3 Big

12), who ended a 28-game conference road losing streak last season.

They've won six of their last eight conference road games, plus

ended a five-game slump at Missouri.

Coach Wayne Morgan said in some ways it's easier on the road.

"Everybody wants you to do so well at home," Morgan said.

"You get your dry cleaning and the guy tells you he bet his house

on you, you go get a pizza slice and the guy tells you he's closing

early to go watch you play.

"There's more pressure at home."

The 24-point margin was the worst setback at home for Missouri

since a 99-70 loss to Kansas State in 1960-61. It's also the worst

home loss in the series between the schools.

"We've had some highs," coach Quin Snyder said. "This is

obviously a low."

Stinson, who entered the game averaging 18.7 points, was

9-for-15 from the field and 8-for-9 at the line. Rahshon Clark

added 14 points and Will Blalock 13 for Iowa State, which won for

only the 20th time in 99 meetings overall in Columbia.

Iowa State, a 71 percent free throw shooting team, missed one

attempt in each half. The Cyclones are shooting 82 percent at the

line the last nine games.

Thomas Gardner had 15 points to end a run of five straight

20-plus point games for Missouri (10-7, 3-3), which has been blown

out in its last two games. This, after rallying from seven points

down in the final minute to beat Kansas in overtime on Jan. 16.

"It was a bad night for us," center Kevin Young said. "It was

definitely us. You can look at the statistics."

The Tigers, who shot 38 percent against Iowa State's zone and

committed 19 turnovers, also lost by 15 at Kansas State on

Saturday. A frustrated Snyder drew his second technical and an

automatic ejection with 1:16 to go Wednesday night.

"It wasn't about the referees," Snyder said. "I just thought

the game was about us making more plays and we looked nervous, we

looked uncomfortable in situations. We were throwing the ball over

guys' heads, we were bouncing it off guys' shins, we were missing


Marshall Brown added 12 points and Kalen Grimes 11 for the


Iowa State led by as many as 19 points early in the first half,

but the lead was down to 11 after Gardner's 3-pointer made it 53-42

with 11:36 to go. The Cyclones answered with eight rapid-fire

points, a pair of free throws and three baskets off turnovers, in

only 1:17, to launch an 18-3 run that made it 71-45 with 8:03 left.

At that point, about half of the announced crowd of 9,777 had

stormed the exits. Only a few thousand remained at the end as

Missouri fell to 9-3 at home.

"It got awfully quiet," Stinson said. "Fans got their

attitude and they left."

Blalock hit three 3-pointers and had 11 points in the first half

for Iowa State. He also had half of the points in a 10-0 run to

close the half for a 38-24 lead.

Missouri shot 33 percent in the first half, missing its first

five shots and then going scoreless in the last 3:57. Gardner drew

his second foul with 14:01 to go and was held to five points in 11