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Updated: Friday, March 26, 2004 12:18 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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Iowa St 77, Marquette 69

AMES, Iowa (Ticker) -- Iowa State earned a trip to New York as Jake Sullivan and Curtis Stinson combined for 42 points in a 77-69 victory over Marquette in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.

Jackson Vroman added 14 points for the Cyclones (20-12), who face Rutgers on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. Michigan and Oregon meet in the other semifinal.

Sullivan and Stinson totaled 19 points during a 25-7 run that turned a 24-20 deficit into a 45-31 lead with 15:10 remaining. Sullivan scored 11 of his 22 points in the burst, making five of his 11 free throws and two of his three 3-pointers.

Stinson capped the run with a free throw. He added five points in the final 2:45, helping Iowa State reach his hometown.

The Cyclones built a 65-47 lead on a free throw by Vroman with 5:50 remaining. Marquette (19-12) could not pull within single digits until the final minute.

Vroman had 12 rebounds and Stinson 11, helping the Cyclones to a 42-34 edge on the glass. They shot 49 percent from the field (25-of-51) while holding the Golden Eagles to 39 percent (24-of-61).

Travis Diener scored 17 points and Joe Chapman added 13 off the bench for Marquette, but they got little help from his teammates. The two were 10-of-20 from the floor while their teammates were 14-of-41.


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