A Super Win on Super Sunday

"That's Cyclone Basketball," said Wayne Morgan after Iowa State's 96-79 win over Colorado on Super Sunday. Curtis Stinson had a triple-double while Shawn Taggart and Rahshon Clark had double-double's of their own. Iowa State is now 4-4 in the Big 12 and is in position to make a run at a top seed in the Big 12 tournament.

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.


"The two games that we played this year, the way we played against Nebraska and they way we played tonight, that's Cyclone basketball," said Morgan.


When looking at the stat sheet one big thing stands out and that is the rebounding stat. Iowa State out rebounded Colorado 46 to 39. Iowa State had 18 offensive rebounds that led to Iowa State scoring 56 points in the paint compared to Colorado's 28. Iowa State also scored 28 points off of turnovers compared to Colorado's ten.


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 Iowa State forward Jessan Gray.


Gray chipped in with 13 points and was an impressive 5-7 from the field coming off the bench for the Cyclones.


Iowa State's shot selection was much better tonight than it has been in the past few games at home. The Cyclone's only attempted 13 three point attempts compared to Colorado launching 28. Iowa State hit five three's compared to Colorado hitting ten.


Colorado started off the game scoring 18 points in the first four minutes and was on a blistering pace. After a media timeout, Wayne Morgan made some corrections and Iowa State held the Buffalos to 17 points in the next 16 minutes to end the half trailing Iowa State 35-45.


"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.


Iowa State cruised to outscore Colorado 51 to 44 in the second half and got the win comfortably at home.


"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 Iowa State at 4-4 in the Big 12 and in a position to make a run towards a top four seed come Big 12 tournament time. Iowa State will travel to Kansas State on Wednesday before they go on the road for a rematch with Kansas on Saturday.


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