Mizzou survives Cyclones 64-59

The story lines were thick indeed for Missouri's Tigers as they entertained conference rival Iowa State Tuesday night. Ricky Clemons was back after a one game suspension. Iowa State was smelling blood in the water after Missouri's horrific showing vs. Okie State. And somewhere along the line, Arthur Johnson has made a case for why he should get conference Player of the Year consideration.

Ricky Clemons' return will be the issue of much water cooler talk tomorrow, along with his 5-19 shooting night.  However, Missouri's real star player just continued to quietly shine on both ends of the court on Tuesday night vs. Iowa State.

Arthur Johnson has become "Mr. Double-Double" for Missouri.  AJ logged yet another double-double vs. the Cyclones scoring 21 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.  Nobody else on Missouri's roster had more than six boards on the night. 

Johnson has continued his run of consistency and excellence through thick and thin this season.  Tonight was part of "thick" from A.J.'s standpoint.

"I wouldn't say that fatigue didn't set in because I was tired, but it was just time we turn up the defense and try to create offensively so we could get up a little bit and have some breathing room,"said Johnson.

Iowa State's head coach, Larry Eustachy had this to say after the game, "I'm as disappointed as I've been in a long time. I don't think we played well throughout the game. This is a team we got a chance to beat, and just didn't have the toughness to do it."

"I was real upset at halftime because we should have had a bigger lead, and we should have played a better brand of basketball. And I'm really tired of the poor me, poor me, poor schedule, poor me's."

Missouri goes on the road to Austin to face a very tough University of Texas team next.  The Tigers will have to value possessions more and play with a greater intensity level to defeat the Longhorns in their own arena.


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