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Cyclone can't stop Tigers

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri hit 13 3-pointers, including 10 in the second half, to take a 77-46 win over Iowa State Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena. Missouri improved to 12-0 at home on the season.

The Cyclones (12-6, 1-2 Big 12) trailed by nine at the end of the first half but Missouri (15-3, 2-1) opened the second half on a 22-10 run to break the game open. The run included five 3-pointers, three of which came from Marcus Denmon, who finished with a game-high 16 points.

The Tigers shot 65.4 percent (17-26) from the field in the final stanza and 45 percent for the game while ISU struggled to a season-low 33.3 percent shooting in the game.

The Tigers made four of their first six shots of the game to jump out to a 13-6 lead with 15:42 remaining in the first half. Missouri used its pressure defense to force three turnovers during the stretch and Zaire Taylor scored five of his nine first-half points to give the Tigers the early cushion.

Missouri would push its lead to 12 at 20-8 on a layup by Denmon but Lucca Staiger nailed a deep 3-pointer on ISU's next possession to close the gap to nine. Diante Garrett made a layup with 2:55 to cut the lead to seven (27-20) with 2:55 left in the opening stanza but DeMarre Carroll responded with a layup on Missouri's next trip down the floor to extend the lead back to nine. The teams went scoreless over the final two minutes of the half and the Tigers took a 29-20 lead into the break. The 20 points for ISU in the first half was a season low.

The Tigers shot just 29.4 percent (10-34) in the first half but were helped by 10 Iowa State turnovers. Brackins had eight first half points to pace the Cyclones, who had just two turnovers over the final 10 minutes.

The Cyclones were led by Justin Hamilton's 13 points. Garrett and Brackins also reached double-digits for the Cyclones, finishing with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Staiger knocked down two 3-pointers for the Cyclones to run his consecutive games with a 3-pointer streak to 12 games. The sophomore has had two or more long balls in eight straight games.

The Cyclones shot just 2-for-17 from behind the arc.

ISU will be back in action next Saturday, returning home to face Kansas at 1 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum.

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