Away Job! Big 12 Admits Officiating Mistake as Iowa State's 22-game Winning Streak Ends
Monday Breitbart Sports reported on the no-call that cost Iowa State a win against No. 6 Kansas. With a sea of yellow-clad fans ready to rush the floor for a 23rd straight home win that might have clinched a tournament bid for Iowa State, Georges Niang waited to draw a potential game-winning charge in the final seconds. Tuesday the Big 12 admitted that mistakes were made in the events that followed.
Kansas's Elijah Johnson drove into Niang and fell on top of him while releasing a shot, but no whistle was blown either way. The shot missed and fell onto Johnson, who grabbed it as he laid on top of Niang. To the dismay of the Iowa State fans, when the whistle did sound it was to call Niang for foul while on the floor with 4.9 seconds left.
Johnson hit both free throws to send the game into overtime, and then dominated the overtime for a 108-96 road win for Kansas, ending the third longest home winning streak in the country (South Dakota State has won 30 straight at home, and Marquette has won 24).
For more details, see AP story here.