HONOLULU (AP) -- Iowa State, which was mistakenly awarded an
extra point midway through the second half, beat Northwestern State
81-77 in double overtime on Thursday night in the semifinals of the
Curtis Stinson of Iowa State made one of two free throws with
10:26 left in regulation, but the official scorer awarded the
Cyclones an extra point as if he made both shots.
Neither team mentioned the mistake and the error was only
brought to the referees' attention by the media covering the game
at the University of Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center. By that point it
was too late to fix the score since the rules require corrections
be made within two dead balls.
The referees, the scorekeeper and both coaches met to discuss
the issue during a break in the second half and the score was left
as it was.
Northwestern State coach Mike McConathy said the mistake was
unfortunate, but he felt there was enough time left for his team to
make up the one-point difference. He said mistakes on their part
hurt them more.
"We missed rebounds, had unforced turnovers. If we didn't do
those, it would've been different," McConathy said.
The Demons had 20 turnovers in the game and missed six of 17
free throws after halftime.
Stinson and Will Blalock each had 22 points for Iowa State
(8-3), which will play Colorado State for the title on Friday