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K-State falls in final seconds at Tech, 66-65

Questionable officiating coupled with a wild ending dooms the Wildcats

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

A week after Big 12 refs cost the K-State Wildcats a conference road win with a blatant non-call, they one-upped themselves, this time with a no-call followed by a questionable technical on head coach Bruce Weber in the final seconds in Lubbock, Texas.

K-State held a 31-28 lead after an ugly first half of basketball, bolstered by Kamau Stokes’ 14 first-half points. The second half was close the whole way, the Wildcats held onto the lead for almost the entirety of the half, giving up the lead for a single possession around the seven-minute mark.

Tech only retook the lead again with 15 seconds left, going ahead 63-62. At the other end of the floor, the refs once again swallowed their whistles as Barry Brown drove to the basket, then found them again in time to call a technical on the K-State bench with five seconds left. Tech made three of four free throws (including a one-and-one after a foul called against D.J. Johnson). Brown’s three-pointer with one second left wasn’t enough to close the gap, and Tech notched the 66-65 victory.