Tigers Pick Up Road Win Over Cyclones 76-69

On Wednesday night, the #9 Missouri Tigers (15-1, 2-1) got out of Ames (IA) with a huge 76-69 road win over the Iowa State Cyclones (12-4, 2-1).

On Wednesday night, the #9 Missouri Tigers (15-1, 2-1) got out of Ames (IA) with a huge 76-69 road win over the Iowa State Cyclones (12-4, 2-1).

Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg's Cyclones gave Missouri a stiff test.

After trailing 36-38 at the half, the Tigers outscored Iowa State 40-31 over the final 30 minutes.

"In the first half, Steve Moore was outstanding,"  said Missouri Head Coach Frank Haith, following his team's first conference road win.

Coach Haith pointed out that his team made some first half mistakes, but played much better in the second half.

"Once we started to run our offense, there in the second half, I thought we played really good offensively,"  said Coach Haith.  "(Defensively) we had some miscues in the first half.  We were way more solid in the second half."

Missouri experienced their first two disqualifications of the season, when Steve Moore and Kim English each fouled out, going to the bench with 10 points apiece.   Moore finished with 9 rebounds.   In addition, Ricardo Ratliffe finshed the game playing with 4 fouls.

"The big fella did a great job,"  said Matt Pressey, talking about the importance of the play of his teammate, Steve Moore.  "He gave energy.  He rebounded.  He did a good job of trying to guard Royce White.  He gave us everything that he had tonight."

Iowa State's   6'8"  270   sophomore F Royce White was a major cause of Missouri's foul trouble.  The big point forward finished the night with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assist, and also 6 turnovers, as the Tigers played a kind of tag-team defense on the talented big man.

For Iowa State, 6'3" senior guard Scott Christopherson led all scorers with 19 points.   His basck court mate,  6'3" senior guard Chris Allen, finished the night with 17 points, and   6'5"  junior guard Chris Babb chipped in with 10 points, as Iowa State shot 52% from behind the 3-PT line, but just 52% from the FT line.

Babb was magnificent, denying Marcus Denmon access to the basketball.  In the first half, Missouri struggled without Denmon's offense, but in the second half, Denmon's teammates picked him up, and took advantage of what the Cyclones were giving them.  As a result, Missouri outscored the Cyclones 40-20 in the painted area, where Missouri also built a 38-27 rebounding advantage.

Of the seven Missouri players who got on the court, Denmon, who finished the night with 6 points, including 4-4 from the FT line to salt the game away late, was the only Missouri player who did not score in double figures.

Matt Pressey scored 14 points, and Phil Pressey, Ratliffe, and Mike Dixon each scored 12 points.  Denmon led Missouri with 7 assists.

"I think we've grown,"  explained Matt Pressey, talking about taking a conference road victory.  "The guys in here know what to do down the stretch. We know to stay solid, box out, rebound.  We know to do those things down the stretch to win the game."

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