Iowa State's Marquis Gilstrap, right, is fouled by Missouri's Zaire Taylor as he shoots during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
Iowa State's Justin Hamilton misses a dunk to finish the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010, in Columbia, Mo. (AP photo/L.G. Patterson) By L.G. Patterson
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- J.T. Tiller scored a season-high 17 points after discarding a face mask for a broken nose in the opening minute, helping Missouri beat Iowa State 65-56 on Wednesday night.
Laurence Bowers added 10 points and a career-best 12 rebounds, and Justin Safford had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Tigers (18-6, 6-3 Big 12), who are three games above .500 in conference play for the first time this season.
Craig Brackins had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his ninth double-double of the season for Iowa State (13-11, 2-7).
Missouri survived 4-for-20 shooting from 3-point range in its first time back in the Mizzou Arena since its 32-game homecourt winning streak was ended by Texas A&M a week earlier.
Tiller broke his nose Saturday at Colorado and scored just four points. He had been held below double figures nine of the previous 10 games.
Missouri overcome off-games from starters Kim English, held to nine points, and senior Zaire Taylor, who went scoreless in consecutive games for the first time in his career. The Tigers also committed as many turnovers (14) as they forced.
Marquis Gilstrap had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Cyclones, who cut the gap to one point five times in the second half before fading to their sixth loss in seven games.
Iowa State was just 2 for 14 from 3-point range and shot 33 percent overall.
Brackins' dunk cut the deficit to 54-53 with 4:40 to go and the Cyclones didn't score again until Gilstrap hit a 3-pointer with seven seconds to go. Missouri pulled away with 11 straight points, five from English.
Iowa State missed its first seven shots, shot only 31 percent in the first half but trailed 28-23 because Missouri had its own issues.
English, who has a team-leading 15-point average, picked up two quick fouls in the opening two minutes and watched the rest of the half from the bench. Missouri leaned on its reserves, outscoring Iowa State 20-0.
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