Johnson scores 20 to lead Iowa State past Missouri 72-67
AMES, Iowa (AP)—Wesley Johnson tied a season-high with 20 points, Jiri Hubalek added 17 points and Iowa State never trailed in beating Missouri 72-67 on Wednesday night.
Rahshon Clark added a season-high 16 points for the Cyclones, who held the high-flying Tigers 16 points below their season average and picked up their first Big 12 win.
Missouri, fresh off a home win over No. 19 Texas, fell to 0-4 on the road.
The Tigers (11-6, 1-1 Big 12) made things interesting late. Missouri got within 60-54, the closest it had been since early in the game, on Matt Lawrence’s 3 with 3:11 left. Iowa State (11-6, 1-1) jumped back ahead 64-56 on a Johnson layup, but Stefhon Hannah hit a 3 and a layup to bring the Tigers within 64-61 with 43 seconds left.
Marshall Brown threw the ball out of bounds the next time Missouri touched the ball, but he hit a 3 with 3.6 seconds left to keep the Tigers alive. Johnson hit two free throws to seal the win.
DeMarre Carroll had 19 points and Hannah added 16 for Missouri, which shot just 8-of-15 from the free throw line.
The Tigers held Iowa State to just 1-of-16 from 3-point range, but they couldn’t reel off the quick scoring runs they’re accustomed to. Iowa State had a hand in that, turning the ball over just 10 times against a team that averaged 19.7 takeaways a game entering play.
Missouri also didn’t capitalize on the momentum it picked up at the end of the first half, when it cut a 14-point deficit to seven. Iowa State extended its lead to as much as 48-36 with 15:23 left, as Johnson followed a layup with a dunk off a miss.
Iowa State opened the game with a 13-2 run, capped by dunks from Johnson and Craig Brackins, and led by at least seven the rest of the first half. Bryan Petersen gave the Cyclones their biggest lead of the early going, 26-12, on a 3 midway through the frame.
The Tigers crept within 39-32 by the break.
Iowa State retired former standout Barry Stevens’ No. 35 at halftime. Stevens, a two-time All-Big Eight pick and the second-leading scorer in school history, died of a heart attack last February. He was 43.