Colorado 79

(15-4, 5-3 Big 12)

Iowa State 96

(14-7, 4-4 Big 12)

2:00 PM ET, February 5, 2006

James H. Hilton Coliseum, Ames, Iowa

1 2 T
COLO 35 4479
ISU 45 5196

Top Performers

Colorado: C. Copeland 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

Iowa State: C. Stinson 24 Pts, 10 Reb, 10 Ast, 1 Stl

Stinson gets triple-double as Iowa State crushes Buffs

AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Sensing history was at hand, Rahshon Clark promised Curtis Stinson he would deliver the finishing touch to his teammate's quest for a triple-double.

Stinson put his trust -- and the ball -- in Clark's hands, and he came through with a 3-pointer late in the second half for the third triple-double in Iowa State history.

Stinson had 24 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as the Cyclones snapped a three-game home losing streak by beating Colorado 96-79 Sunday.

He joined Marc Urquhart and Jamaal Tinsley as the only Cyclones to record triple-doubles. Urquhart did it against Illinois-Chicago in 1989, and Tinsley recorded his against Missouri in 2000.

Stinson also became the eighth player in Big 12 history to record a triple-double with Texas Tech's Kasib Powell the last to do it, against Texas in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals in 2003.

"He was like, 'If you give me the ball I'll score," Stinson said of Clark. "He stepped back and hit a 3. I was like, 'All right, thanks."

Clark had 24 points and 14 rebounds for Iowa State (14-7, 4-4), while freshman Shawn Taggert added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

The Cyclones rallied from an early 10-point deficit by using pressure defense to force Colorado into turnovers and bad shots. Iowa State scored 28 points off 18 Colorado turnovers.

"It's very nice to win a home game," Iowa State coach Wayne Morgan said. "Anytime we get a triple-double and two double-doubles, we've got a chance to win."

The loss snapped Colorado's five-game Big 12 winning streak, its longest since 1997. Marcus Hall led the Buffaloes (15-4, 5-3) with 17 points and Chris Copeland added 16.

Iowa State held Richard Roby, the league's leading scorer, to just 10 points.

Up by 10 points at halftime, the Cyclones put the game out of reach with an 18-8 run to start the second half. Stinson capped the stretch by driving the length of the court for a layup that gave the Cyclones a 63-43 lead with 11:43 left.

The up-tempo pace Iowa State was able to force was tailor-made for Stinson, who excels in transition and can score in traffic as well as any player in the Big 12.

"Curtis Stinson is just a special player," Morgan said. "I really think he could play in the NBA and have a very good career because he's tough, he's so cerebral and he's a winner."

Iowa State outscored Colorado 37-17 over the final 16 minutes of the first half for a 45-35 lead.

The Cyclones erased an early 10-point deficit with an 18-4 run midway through the opening half. Jessan Gray buried a 3-pointer to bring Iowa State even at 20, and Stinson followed with consecutive jumpers to put the Cyclones ahead 26-22.

The team held a players-only meeting during the week, and the players made stopping the Cyclones' home losing streak a rallying cry.

Led by one of Iowa State's strongest defensive efforts of the season, the Cyclones avoided dropping four home games in a row for the first time since 1989-90.

"We came out with the fire and intensity that we weren't going to lose," Clark said. "Defense is the key. No team can score if you play great defense. That's what we did."

Colorado hit four of its first five shots from 3-point range and jumped out to an 18-8 lead 4 minutes into the game.

"We started out making shots, but that was a little misleading because we didn't get back in transition well or rebound," Colorado coach Ricardo Patton said. "Then we just started turning the ball over and that compounded our problems."

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 79 96
FG Made-Attempted 29-68 (.426) 35-71 (.493)
3P Made-Attempted 10-28 (.357) 5-13 (.385)
FT Made-Attempted 11-22 (.500) 21-29 (.724)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
Largest Lead 10 25

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