Big players show up for big games and today Curtis Stinson did just that. On Super Sunday, Stinson went off for a triple double and gave Cyclone fans his best impression of John Elway while he quarterbacked his Cyclones to a 96-79 win at home over an experienced Colorado team that was ranked 2nd in the Big 12 coming into today's game. Stinson scored the third triple-double in school history and the eighth in the history of the Big 12.
"Curtis Stinson is just a special, special player, a great college player. He's just so tough, so cerebral, and he's a winner," said Wayne Morgan after the game.
Stinson had 24 points, ten rebounds and ten assists on the day. Stinson is now averaging 25.8 points per game in his last five games. The playing big didn't just stop with Stinson. Cyclone fans have been wondering about Shawn Taggart all season long, and today the freshman showed up ready to mix it up down low. Taggart chipped in with 11 points and ten rebounds of his own. Stinson and Taggart weren't the only Cyclones with huge games. Rahshon Clark had yet another Cyclone double-double with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
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One interesting note about today's game is the Wayne Morgan had his team stay together in a hotel last night. Morgan said that it gave his team a feeling of being together and it paid off for the Cyclones. Numerous Cyclone players commented on how tough this past week of practice has been on the team.
"Our practices have been extremely
intense both offensively and defensively. The coaches have demanded a lot of us
in practice the last eight days," said
Gray chipped in with 13 points and was an impressive 5-7 from the field coming off the bench for the Cyclones.
"We started off making shots, but that was a little misleading because we didn't get back in transition well or rebound. Then we started turning the ball over and it just compounded our problems," said Colorado Head Coach Ricardo Patton.
"We let a lot of games slip away here at home. We tried to come out today and keep fighting and never let our foot off the gas," said Curtis Stinson.
The win put