Sunday, February 12, 2006

ISU cries foul over foul calls

KU shoots 32 charities to 12 for Cyclones


A hack here, thwack there and whacks seemingly everywhere, and Kansas University basketball fans were able to take full advantage of the wheat-waving tradition.

Once again, Iowa State was doomed by fouls during its 88-75 loss Saturday to Kansas. It's the same subject - and a touchy one - that had ISU coach Wayne Morgan dropping swear words in protest after Wednesday's loss to Kansas State.

This time, the fouling led to 32 KU free throws, 28 ISU whistles and two Cyclones fouling out as fans waved the wheat in celebration.

"I don't think I can address that without being fined," Morgan said of the disparity of fouls on the stat sheet.

Asked if his team just commits a lot of fouls, Morgan said "Yeah, we foul. But we get fouled, too - every now and again.

"It'd be nice if I could go off the record," Morgan finished, "but I can't."

ISU attempted only 12 free throws Saturday, while Kansas made 26 in 32 tries.

Flash back to Wednesday, when Kansas State had 25 free-throw attempts compared to ISU's four in a 66-63 Cyclones loss that led to a tense postgame chat with reporters.

"I'm really (expletive) upset," Morgan said three times after that game.

Of course, who knows if more charities would've meant anything - the Cyclones missed eight of their 12 chances Saturday and made just one against the Wildcats. Five of 16 charities in two games makes one wonder if Morgan even wants his team to go to the dreaded stripe.

"This is not typical of us," Morgan said. "We are number one in the conference for free-throw shooting. I think our free-throw shooting will come back, and we will do OK there."

Down late, Iowa State (14-9 overall, 4-6 Big 12 Conference) went to an undisciplined, one-on-one offense with Curtis Stinson or Will Blalock rarely passing the ball in the last five minutes on its offensive side of the court.

The two combined to take 39 shots. Blalock led ISU with 21 points, while Stinson had his six-game stretch of scoring 20-plus points end, finishing with just 19.

Both Jiri Hubalek and Shawn Taggart fouled out for the Cyclones, with Taggart getting a rare sixth foul on a technical after already fouling out. Coincidentally, former ISU forward Jackson Vroman also picked up six fouls in Allen Fieldhouse in a 2003 game.

Taggart and KU forward C.J. Giles had a mild run-in after Taggart was ejected, inciting a small, harmless scuffle.

"It got really out of hand tonight," Rahshon Clark said. "We were being aggressive, and they didn't like it."

If that's the case, Kansas did fine working through it. The Cyclones, meanwhile, dropped further in the Big 12 standings with just six games left. They'll play Nebraska on Wednesday at home.

"We have a lot of games we have to win," Morgan said. "But the way our schedule is, I think we will have a chance to win our share of those games."


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