Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mu Snared in Rare Trip to Iowa; Tigers `Give' Hawkeyes Present

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mu Snared in Rare Trip to Iowa; Tigers `Give' Hawkeyes Present

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After his University of Missouri basketball team bestowed upon Iowa a whopping 50-24 rebound advantage and a 45-14 edge in free throws taken on Saturday night, Mizzou coach Norm Stewart made it official.

"Merry Christmas," he said as he began his postgame news conference at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. "That's our gift to you."

Before a paid crowd of 14,276 and a national television audience on ESPN, MU's largesse added up to an 88-77 Iowa victory. It came after the Tigers twiddled away a 42-41 lead early in the second half in the eye of a furious 17-1 Iowa run led by All-Big Ten Conference guard Andre Woolridge, who finished with a career-high 32 points. Mizzou is 7-3 as it prepares for another Big Ten opponent: Illinois, Saturday at Kiel Center. Iowa (7-3) won despite the absence - again - of All-Big Ten forward Jess Settles, who missed his sixth of the Hawkeyes' last seven games because of heel and back injuries. Iowa's romp was out of character from the early part of the game, when Mizzou dashed to a 9-2 lead. Unfortunately . . . "The game," Stewart noted, "is 40 minutes long." But it seemed infinitely longer during Iowa's pivotal run, which came over a five-minute period that featured three timeouts by Stewart. "They were a lot more physical than we were," said Mizzou's Jason Sutherland, who finished with 16 points. "They just kind of overpowered us and took over the game." Said Stewart: "A couple of the ballclubs we played earlier were as big and physical, but we were able to do a good enough job keeping them away. We just couldn't hold them off tonight. They just kept coming. . . . In the end, it comes down to Big Ten play on the boards." It also came down to Iowa making 33 of 45 free throws as Mizzou was smacked with 31 fouls. By contrast, Missouri shot only 14 free throws and made nine. "Can't comment on that," Stewart said. Iowa recovered from its early deficit with a 6-0 run and took its first lead at 16-15 on a layup by walk-on Darryl Moore. Through the rest of the h elter-skelter half, the teams traded lead changes seven times and were tied thrice. Another 6-0 Iowa run in the final minute of the half gave the Hawkeyes a 39-35 lead at the intermission. …

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