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Peterson: From missed shots to the refs — behind the curtain of Iowa State's late-game downfalls Randy Peterson , Des Moines Register Published 11:29 a.m. CT Jan. 13, 2019 CLOSE Nick Weiler-Babb talks about Iowa State's struggles during a loss to Kansas State Tommy Birch, tbirch@dmreg.com

CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE AMES, Ia. — I hung around to watch the Iowa State-Texas women’s basketball game Saturday afternoon at Hilton Coliseum. Not only was it a good chance to see Bill Fennelly’s very good team dang near pull off the upset, but it also was an opportunity to listen to what fans were saying about the men’s game.

You know the one — the Kansas State game which the Cyclones lost 58-57 because of a second head-scratching ending in a row.

The predominant questions went something like this:

What happened to the Iowa State that had beat Kansas just a week ago? What happened to the team that made 9 of 13 of its second-half three-point shots in that victory against the Jayhawks? Where’d the mojo go?

Which team is this, the one that beat Kansas — or the one that lost at home to Kansas State after leading by five points until Dean Wade made a layup with 2 minutes and 10 seconds to go?

It's probably somewhere in the middle.

Buy Photo Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton attempts a shot in the final seconds during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. (Photo: Kelsey Kremer/The Register)

Losing 73-70 at Baylor is excusable, considering it was away from Ames and at a place where Iowa State has now lost six in a row. It had its head-slapping moments — like when Nick Weiler-Babb missed a 30-foot heave just before the final buzzer on a play that had multiple options.

You can’t expect to win on the Big 12 road, but at home? After beating Kansas by 17 points a week earlier, everyone had thoughts of 9-0 at Hilton, of getting a good enough NCAA Tournament seed to possibly play in the Des Moines NCAA Tournament regional, and of possibly even ending Kansas’ 14-year run of the regular-season title ending.

I heard it. I wrote some of it. The players heard it. Coach Steve Prohm addressed it during his postgame press conference Saturday:

“Everybody jumped and ran with one game,” he said after his team had fallen to 12-4 overall and 2-2 in the Big 12. “This group, collectively — top to bottom — we didn’t do a good enough job handling it.”

The Referees CLOSE Iowa State coach Steve Prohm following his team's loss to Kansas State. Tommy Birch, tbirch@dmreg.com

I heard grousing about the refs as Bridget Carleton was enjoying a 14-point second half. Why was the out-of-bounds call that preceded Wade’s layup changed from Iowa State’s ball to Kansas State’s?

I watched the replay. It was close. There were a lot of hands around the ball. The ref under the basket ruled for the Cyclones with 2:22 remaining and the Cyclones leading by five. The ref on the perimeter, Joe DeRosa (he’s worked multiple NCAA Tournament championship games), overturned the call.

“We don’t even think it should have come down to that,” Babb said. “We let a lot of things slip at the end, defensively.”

And, offensively, where Iowa State missed three shots in the last 1:42, including two in the final 41 seconds? To compound matters, Lindell Wigginton missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw situation with 15 seconds to play and the Cyclones leading by a point.

Iowa State’s frustrating finish against Baylor last Tuesday — after leading 66-64 with 3:03 to play — included a disputed held-ball rebound that favored the Bears and the Cyclones missing four of their final five shots.

“We can’t let off the gas at the end of the game,” Babb said.

The Fix Wigginton still hasn’t returned to his freshman groove after missing 10 games while rehabbing a strained muscle in his foot. In his five games since returning, he’s averaging 11.5 points, and his 33.3 percent shooting includes 6 of 24 from three-point range.

Soft-tissue injuries don’t heal quickly. Kansas State star Dean Wade (34 points the last time he played at Hilton) went through the same thing. He returned to the lineup for the first time Saturday after missing six games — and he responded with two points and grabbed nine rebounds in 22 minutes.

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Buy Photo Iowa State's George Conditt leaves the court after the Cyclones loss to Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State Head Coach Steve Prohm reacts to foul call during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton reacts after being called for a foul during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Fans react to a call they didn't like during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Talen Horton-Tucker shoots the ball during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Tyrese Haliburton passes the ball during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Nick Weiler-Babb reacts to missing a thee-point shot in the final minutes during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State Head Coach Steve Prohm takes of his tie as he leaves to court after the Cyclones loss to Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton attempts a shot in the final seconds during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's George Conditt dunks the ball during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Nick Weiler-Babb celebrates after making a three and giving the Cyclones the lead during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Marial Shayok shoots the ball during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Tyrese Haliburton celebrates after the Cyclones took the lead during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton drives to the hoop during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Lindell Wigginton tries to hold on to the ball during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones lost to KSU by one point, 58-57. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Michael Jacobson shoots the ball during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State Head Coach Steve Prohm calls out a play during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Tyrese Haliburton shoots a three-point shot during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Michael Jacobson defends Kansas State's Cartier Diarra during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Buy Photo Iowa State's Nick Weiler-Babb tries to get the ball in the hoop during the Iowa State men's basketball game against Kansas State on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Hilton Coliseum. Kelsey Kremer/The Register Buy Photo Fullscreen Interested in this topic? You may also want to view these photo galleries: Replay 1 of 20 2 of 20 3 of 20 4 of 20 5 of 20 6 of 20 7 of 20 8 of 20 9 of 20 10 of 20 11 of 20 12 of 20 13 of 20 14 of 20 15 of 20 16 of 20 17 of 20 18 of 20 19 of 20 20 of 20 Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last Slide Next Slide “It’s not like riding a bike, where you can just jump on it and ride it,” Wildcats coach Bruce Weber said. “You can just see with Wigginton — it’s the same thing. He just doesn’t have quite ... I thought he had a little more pop (Saturday), but he just doesn’t have quite the rhythm. That’ll take Dean a little time, too.”

Maybe when he's got his rhythm back, he doesn't miss the long and off-balance shot he took with a couple seconds remaining Saturday and with Tyrese Haliburton standing by himself on the perimeter.

Maybe it happens for Wigginton at eighth-ranked Big 12-leading Texas Tech on Wednesday — and in case you didn’t notice, four of five conference winners Saturday did so on the road.

“It’s a must-win game for us,” Babb said. “Nobody wants to lose three in a row. I know it’s a tough place to play on the road, but I think we have to go in there with extreme focus and a will to win.”

So keep this in mind while moaning late-game collapses:

With 14 Big 12 games remaining, there’s still time for a bunch of good stuff to happen.

Iowa State columnist Randy Peterson has been with the Register for parts of five decades. Randy writes opinion and analysis of Iowa State football and basketball. You can reach Randy at rpeterson@dmreg.com or on Twitter at @RandyPete.

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