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Iowa State’s defense, Big 3 too much for Texas in Big 12 clash

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A Texas win and a Kansas loss on Tuesday night would have made for a tie atop the Big 12 Conference standings. However, the Longhorns entered Hilton Coliseum, and left with only their second loss in their last 11 games as Iowa State took an important conference matchup with an 85-76 win.

Tuesday night was a battle of different-style of frontlines with Cameron Ridley posing as a big challenge inside, and Jonathan Holmes in his second game back from a knee injury for No. 19 Texas. No. 17 Iowa State countered with its front court of Melvin Ejim and Georges Niang, a talented, but undersized duo who can stretch the floor.

Ejim, Niang and DeAndre Kane all went for at least 20 with Ejim leading all scorers with 25 followed by Kane’s 22-point, seven-rebound, five-assist night and Niang with 20. The trio shot a combined 57 percent from the field, having their way with the Texas defense.

Holmes was one-rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points, nine boards. Ridley went for 16 points and 11 rebounds in the first meeting. The second time around, he was limited to just four points and five rebounds.

Defensively, the Cyclones forced the Longhorns into long stretches without a field goal in both halves. Texas missed its first six attempts from the field to start the game, and went without a field goal for the final five-plus minutes of the first half. Texas went into another drought with less than seven minutes remaining in the second half, going without a made basket for more than six minutes, while Iowa State expanded its lead to double digits during that span.

Outside of freshman point guard Isaiah Taylor, who finished with 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, Texas shot 30 percent as a team with a particularly rough shooting night for Javan Felix, who scored 16 points of 6-of-22 shooting and 4-of-15 from three.

Iowa State is at TCU on Saturday while Texas travels to Lawrence to face No. 8 Kansas.

POSTERIZED: Pensacola State’s Jamal Thomas dunks through block attempt, makes coach go nuts

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A solid poster dunk went down in the junior college ranks last night as Pensacola State sophomore Jamal Thomas finished a dunk through a block attempt against Northwest Florida State.

The 6-foot-3 Thomas used his power and momentum to go through the opposing shot blocker and the play made his head coach, Pete Pena, go nuts with an over-exaggerated fist pump. The video is short, but be sure to watch for Pena’s reaction near the logo at the top right of the screen.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew: