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Tigers respond to challenge, clip Cyclones

January 9, 2005

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— Missouri coach Quin Snyder dispensed with inspiration during a lengthy second-half drought and told his team it was soft.

Shock treatment did the trick for the Tigers, who beat Iowa State, 62-59, Saturday in a Big 12 Conference opener filled with momentum swings. Missouri survived a 121/2-minute span without a basket by ending the game on a 17-2 run. Before that, Snyder said, MU had no focus.

"They're not thinking about the moment and what we need to do to win, they're thinking who knows what," Snyder said. "Thinking about what we had for breakfast, should I wear my socks high or lower?

"I know we're not thinking about our team and we're not thinking about defense, and if we don't do those things we're really common."

Jimmy McKinney scored four of his 10 points in the final 27 seconds for Missouri (9-5, 1-0 Big 12). Jason Conley had 13 points, Linas Kleiza had 12 points and nine rebounds, and Jason Horton had 12 points.

"I challenged them, and I thought they responded," Snyder said. "They challenged each other."

The Tigers endured a 28-4 Iowa State run that transformed a 12-point lead into a 12-point deficit with 4:34 to go, then it was all Missouri the rest of the way.

"It was crazy," Kleiza said. "It was real crazy. Practice is going to be tough, but we did it."

McKinney scored on a spinning shot in the lane with 27 seconds left to put Missouri ahead for good at 60-59 although he missed a chance at a three-point play. He added two free throws with 13 seconds left.

"We were kind of soft," McKinney said. "At some point in time we started turning the ball over and letting them get drives to the bucket and all of the easy-type stuff, then he got on us a little bit in the huddle and we picked it up from there."

Iowa State (8-4, 0-1) had two chances in the final seconds. Curtis Stinson turned it over near the Cyclones' bench with 16.8 seconds to go, and reserve John Neal missed a three-pointer with one second left.

Stinson had 22 points for Iowa State, which has lost 26 straight Big 12 road games dating to February 2001. Will Blalock added 12 points, five assists and four steals. Iowa State is 0-4 on the road.

No. 7 Oklahoma State 76, Texas Tech 66

Lubbock, Texas -- Joey Graham had 25 points and 12 rebounds, leading No. 7 Oklahoma State.

In the Big 12 opener for both teams, the Cowboys (11-1, 1-0) used an 18-6 run to take a 60-53 with 8:24 remaining. Graham had four points, and his brother, Stephen Graham, had 10 during the run.

Oklahoma State pulled into a 47-all tie on the first of two free throws by Stephen Graham with 11:46 remaining, and took the lead on his second shot.

The Red Raiders (8-4, 0-1) used a 9-3 run, with five points by Ronald Ross and four by Jarrius Jackson, to pull within 68-66 with 2:50 remaining but could get no closer.

Nebraska 95, Kansas State 85, 2 OT

Lincoln, Neb. -- Wes Wilkinson and Marcus Neal Jr. hit back-to-back three-pointers late in the second overtime to lift Nebraska past Kansas State.

Nebraska (7-4, 1-0) led by as many as 12 in the second half but Kansas State (10-2, 0-1) rallied to claim a late lead before Neal hit two clutch free throws to send the game into overtime.

Wilkinson's three-pointer from the left corner with 1:31 left in the second overtime put Nebraska up 87-84. Kansas State made a free throw but Neal hit another three-pointer with 58 seconds remaining for a five-point difference. The Cornhuskers added five of six free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

Oklahoma 85, Colorado 55

Norman, Okla. -- Kevin Bookout scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, helping Oklahoma open Big 12 play with a win over Colorado.

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