Stanford Falls to Missouri State in NIT, 76-67
March 17, 2006
Springfield, Mo. (AP) - Blake Ahearn and Deke Thompson scored 19 points each to lead Missouri State to a 76-67 win over Stanford on Friday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.
Stanford (16-13) took its first lead at 55-53 on two free throws by Peter Prowitt with 10:01 left and extended the advantage to four points less than 2 minutes later. Missouri State (21-8) blew a 21-point lead in the first half, but used a 13-4 run to lead 66-61 with 2:40 remaining.
The Bears closed out the game with eight straight free throws to keep Stanford at bay. They will face Houston in a second-round game on Monday night.
Missouri State, which fell behind after going more than 8 minutes without a field goal in the second half, made 21 of 50 shots (42 percent) compared to Stanford's 18 of 46 (39 percent).