The birth of Hilton Magic

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On this date in college basketball 30 years ago, a skinny sophomore named Barry Stevens swished a buzzer beater from the top of the key to propel Iowa State University to a shocking upset of #10 Missouri 73-72 in overtime. Named Sports Illustrated National Player of the Week for his 40 point barrage, Stevens eventually left ISU as the all-time scoring leader (since surpassed by Jeff Grayer). The Missouri game marked the first upset of a top ten opponent since Hilton Coliseum opened in 1971 and was the clear turning point in ISU’s basketball fortunes. As a senior in 1985, Stevens helped propel ISU to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 41 years.

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