Missouri Tigers J.T. Tiller brings the basketball up court against the Iowa State Cyclones, wearing a face guard in the first half at the Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri on February 10, 2010. Tiller suffered a broken nose in last weeks game at Colorado.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt

J.T. Tiller UPI/Bill Greenblatt

J.T. Tiller, playing with a broken nose scored a season-high 17 points to help lead the Missouri Tigers to a 65-56 win over the Iowa State Cyclones Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena.

Tiller started the game with a nose guard, but got rid of it less than a minute into the game…he ended up with his best offensive night of the season. Rebounding was key for the Tigers going up a physical front court of Iowa State. Laurence Bowers had 10 points and a career-high 12 boards while Justin Safford scored 13 with nine rebounds just missing a double-double. The Tigers are now 6-3 tied with A & M for third while moving to 18-6 overall.

Despite just hitting 4 of 20 on their threes, the Tigers were able to hold off the Cyclones who could never take the lead, but cut Mizzou’s lead to one a handful of time. Iowa State falls to 2-7 in Big 12 play.