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Updated: Saturday, February 14, 2004 8:09 PM EST
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Iowa St 78, (11) Texas 77

AMES, Iowa (Ticker) -- Iowa State survived a wild finish to end its three-game losing streak.

The Cyclones held on after P.J. Tucker's follow shot bounced off the rim for No. 11 Texas as time expired for a 78-77 Big 12 Conference upset.

Texas' Brian Boddicker, an 81 percent free-throw shooter, was fouled with 5.6 seconds remaining, but badly missed two. Brandon Mouton, who scored a career-high 29 points for the Longhorns, leapt high to rebound the second miss before he misfired from in close. Tucker, a freshman, fought for the rebound before he missed a rushed shot attempt as the buzzer sounded.

"We played a great basketball game," Iowa State coach Wayne Morgan said. "We saw the effort and the heart of our kids. It was an unbelievable and tremendous win for us, I was glad to see everyone scrapping for the ball."

The miss by Tucker set off a wild celebration on the court. Iowa State has defeated No. 11 Texas and No. 15 Kansas in a span of 15 days.

"Our crowd, in big games, has come out of the stands and onto the court and breathed energy into our guys while causing difficulty in functioning for the opposition," Morgan said.

Iowa State (14-7 overall, 5-5 Big 12) fell into a 61-47 hole with just under 14 minutes remaining before beginning a furious comeback. Jake Sullivan's 3-pointer with 2:12 left gave the Cyclones a 76-75 lead.

After a tight first half ended with Iowa State holding a 44-43 edge, Texas came out red-hot after the break. The Longhorns opened with a 14-2 run, including six points from Mouton, and continued to expand the lead to as many as 14.

"As a team, we got a little relaxed," Mouton said. "We weren't playing every possession like it was the last one. ISU is a great team; we knew we were going to have to match their intensity."

Sullivan led the Cyclones with a season-high 24 points and Jackson Vroman, despite fouling out with 4:49 left, matched a season high with 20.

Standout freshman Curtis Stinson, who had 18 points and a season-high 10 assists, drove the lane and dropped a pass to forward Damion Staple with 1:09 to play for a dunk that was the game's final points.

"Curtis' play was tremendous," Morgan said. "To me, he's the best freshman in the conference."

Texas (17-4, 8-2) fell to 5-1 on the road and dropped into second place in the Big 12, one game behind Oklahoma State. The Longhorns had won 13 of 14 overall entering the contest.

"We had the guy we wanted shooting free throws," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "Brian Boddicker didn't lose this game. We had a chance to put them away, but turnovers and poor decisions cost us the game."

The Cyclones improved to 13-1 at Hilton Coliseum and snapped a three-game losing streak to the Longhorns.


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