Missouri men's basketball defeats Iowa State

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | 9:20 p.m. CST; updated 10:36 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 29, 2012

COLUMBIA – The Missouri men's basketball team survived an impressive effort from Iowa State, beating the Cyclones 78-72 Wednesday night in the Tigers' final game this season at Mizzou Arena.

No. 7-ranked Missouri (26-4, 13-4 Big 12) trailed Iowa State for most of the game until pushing ahead late in the second half. Junior guard Michael Dixon went up the middle for a layup at the 3:35 mark to put Missouri ahead 66-64, and the Tigers increased their lead from there.

The victory secured the No. 2 seed for Missouri in next week's Big 12 Conference tournament.     

Dixon led the Tigers with 21 points and four assists. English grabbed a team-high eight rebounds and added 13 points.

Senior guard Marcus Denmon contributed 14 points and seven rebounds. He is now tied at sixth on Missouri's all-time scoring list with Melvin Booker, who played from 1991-94.

Senior forward Ricardo Ratliffe, who could break Missouri's shooting percentage record, chalked up 16 points and two rebounds.

Royce White led Iowa State (21-9, 11-6) with 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

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