Feb 16, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Elijah Johnson (15) looks to pass against Texas Longhorns guard Demarcus Holland (2) in the second half at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won the game 73-47. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Iowa State Men's Basketball: Controversial Finish Gives Kansas Jayhawks Second Lucky Victory Over Cyclones 108-96


In two games this season, the Kansas men’s basketball team were able to pull out overtime victories over the Iowa State Cyclones. Just add it to the list of heartbreaking losses; this just isn’t the season that anything will break for them.

Feb 25, 2013; Ames IA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks player Elijah Johnson (15) dribbles up the floor in the second half against the Iowa State Cyclones at Hilton Coliseum. Kansas beat Iowa State 108-96. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

Elijah Johnson, who was Clones Confidential’s player to watch for the Jayhawks, finished with a team-high 39 points and seven assists. He also went 6-10 from 3-point range and hit all seven of his free throw attempts. But the biggest story was the no-call on his drive to the basket with five seconds left. Johnson clearly didn’t have control of the ball, and with Georges Niang having his arms straight up and his body not moving at all before contact, it was a textbook charge on Johnson. But Niang was called with his fourth foul of the game.

Niang’s reaction to the call on the floor said everything.

Johnson went on to hit both free throws to force overtime, and hit two 3-pointers, including his ridiculous miracle make, in overtime to give his team a 103-96 lead with 54 seconds left. Previous to that, Kansas turned it over two times and Will Clyburn hit 4-6 from the free throw line to get the Cyclones within four.

Those two misses in that stretch were Clyburn’s only misses, finishing with 16 points and seven rebounds. Niang had 15 points and seven assists, hitting all six free throws and nailing three 3-point shots, before fouling out of the game.

Korie Lucious was the best all-around player on the court, finishing with a team-high 23 points, five assists, three turnovers, and hit 10-12 from the free throw line. Tyrus McGee had 22 points and five rebounds, including also shooting 6-10 from the perimeter like Johnson did.

Melvin Ejim was the biggest disappointment, getting into foul trouble and having just four points and seven rebounds. The majority of that stat line happened in the first five minutes of the game.

Kansas won the rebounding battle easily, 41-31, but Iowa State actually had one more offensive board. The Cyclones also committed eight less turnovers, having just seven compared to the Jayhawks’ 15.

Jeff Withey was held to no blocks but had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. Another aspect of the bad officiating came right before the blown call on Niang when the refs called Naadir Tharpe for a foul that Withey obviously made on Lucious.

Iowa State has a four days off before playing at Oklahoma this Saturday afternoon.

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  • pete

    What a homer article. Lets not forget the horrible calls earlier in the game that ISU isn’t complaining about. Withey should have only had 2 or 3 fouls in the game. The charge call against him was as bad as the end of the game no call, which you have incorrectly reported was called a block. The foul at the end of the game was called on the ground after the fact.

    All I’m saying is look at both sides of it. Officiating throughout the game was pathetic on both sides of the ball.

    • http://twitter.com/Spaeniard Brian Spaen

      Withey with two or three fouls? Please, I’m not going there. There was a no call when Johnson went flying in out of control and he clearly had a charge as Niang’s feet were set. Then when Niang went down he was called for a loose ball foul, which made no sense.

      Officiating was awful, but players should decide a game at the end and not the refs. ISU has blown a lot of games, but they didn’t blow this one. The refs did.

  • pete

    and p.s. – it’s ThArpe… at least know the names of the players you are writing about. Minor league stuff

    • Melinda Gillette

      And they actually called Kevin Young for that foul, not Tharpe.

      • http://twitter.com/Spaeniard Brian Spaen

        False, they actually called it on Tharpe. Read play-by-play.

    • http://twitter.com/Spaeniard Brian Spaen

      Fixed, thanks. Pretty sure Naadir Tharpe would be more okay with that mistake than you are.

  • Ray

    Questionable charge calls and fouls against KU earlier in the game. The controversial calls were in favor of ISU earlier.

    • http://twitter.com/Spaeniard Brian Spaen

      Every game has questionable and controversial calls. Difference was this call was made that impacted a final.

      • Ray

        And the poor calls earlier in the game put several KU starters on the bench for long stretches of time – when could have otherwise been on the court and had an advantage. That also impacted the game and possibly the outcome.

        • http://twitter.com/Spaeniard Brian Spaen

          You’re missing the point. I could argue the same about Melvin Ejim who had double-doubles in four of his last five games. He had to sit on the bench with fouls too.