The Kansas State Wildcats dropped a heart breaker on the road to Iowa State Tuesday night, with Royce White hitting the go-ahead basket with 1.8 seconds left in the game. White drove his defender from the top of the key to the right baseline, before pump faking and hitting a step through 12 foot floater. Kansas State never trailed during the second half being up by as many as 13 points. The Cats were lead by Thomas Gipson who scored 13pts and had 7 rebs. The Cyclones were lead by non-other than Royce White who scored 22pts to go along with 8 rebs.
Iowa State now has sole possession of 4th place (16-6, 6-3) in the Big 12 standings with K-State trailing in 5th (15-6, 4-5).
The question yet again is if and how K-State can bounce back after suffering its fourth late game loss and third in January. The Cats are amazingly a few plays away from maybe being 7-2 in the conference. If Angel would have drove to the bucket against Baylor with his left hand, would he have scored and tied the game? If K-State could have controlled a rebound in final minute against Oklahoma and last night, could the outcome have changed? Some could say the Cats aren’t getting a few breaks but you could also say they aren’t making the late plays.
A big question in last night’s game is if Frank Martin should have elected to simply foul Royce White, a terrible free throw shooter, early in the possession. The Cats also could have taken a page from Missouri’s play book, from just the night prior against Texas, and came out in a zone to take away the dribble drive.
After having a football season full of 4th quarter heroics and games turning out in K-State’s favor, the month of January has a been hard on Wildcat nation. Frank Martin teams have performed well in the month of February and the Cats will look to continue that this Saturday against Texas A&M in Manhattan. Tip off at 3pm CST.
K-State fans without a doubt will be rowdy when Iowa State makes the return game to Manhattan on Feb. 25th. Iowa State definitely got a little home cooking with the no call on Rodney McGruder’s late shot in the paint. It looked pretty clear that he was clobbered.