After a missed Phil Forte free throw with five seconds left in regulation Saturday, Iowa State’s Naz Long forced overtime with a running 30-foot, 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Eventually, the Cyclones won in overtime, 85-81.
Should the Cowboys have fouled Long before the heave, not allowing for one shot to tie it?
OSU coach Travis Ford said the call from the bench was for a foul, although Markel Brown said that message never reached him.
“We were yelling,” said Ford. “I told Christien (Sager) to tell everybody and he was trying. They couldn’t hear. I think everybody was a little bit in shock.”
Said Brown: “I think if we were trying to foul, we would have. I don’t think we were trying. Nobody was told to foul. We should have. I don’t even think anyone was paying attention to the situation.
“But it’s one thing we’ve got to learn from.”
Hilton Déjà Vu For Brown
The 3-pointer by Long, who averages 6.4 points per game, was devastating for the Cowboys. He’d delivered a similar dagger in Stillwater, forcing the third overtime of an eventual 98-97 Cyclones win.
And it was a disappointing reminder for Brown, who was in Hilton Coliseum two years ago when ISU’s Scott Christopherson fired in a buzzer-beating 3 to sink the Cowboys, 71-68.
“They got me twice,” Brown said. “They got me two years ago, they got me again today. Maybe there is a little magic in this gym.”
Three of the last seven games in the series have gone to overtimes and five have been won by four points or less.
ISU Students Get Smart
Before the game Saturday, Iowa State students passed out information sheets for the day’s heckling target.