Heartbreaking Loss For Cowboys Against Undefeated Kansas State, 64-61

Dec. 12, 2004

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Associated Press Writer

CASPER, Wyo. - Reggie Miller. Tracy McGrady. Fred Peete?

Peete stole an inbound pass, then scored eight points in the last 41seconds, including a spinning layup with one second left to lift Kansas State toa 64-61 come-from-behind victory over Wyoming Saturday night in the WyomingShootout.

"I don't know that I've ever been in a game like this, where everything hadto go just right," Kansas State coach Jim Woolridge said.

Derek Wabbington contributed 11 points for the Cowboys. (Matt Young photo)

The Wildcats (6-0) were down 58-53 with 1:14 left when Peete stole aninbound pass and called time-out while falling out of bounds. Lance Harris hita 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to pull Kansas State within 58-56.

Dion Sherrell's free throws made it 60-56, but Peete scored on a putback tobring the Wildcats back with two. Jerry Webb's free throw gave the Cowboys(4-3) a 61-58 lead with 35.6 seconds left.

Peete's 3-pointer from the left wing tied the game with 25 seconds left; inthe final seconds Peete recovered a long rebound and ran it the length of thecourt, spinning around Sherrell, who fouled him on the shot.

"I penetrated, and when I saw their big man cut me off I spun back to thebasket and got fouled," Peete said. "I just knew that we needed points. Weneeded to score."

Peete's spinning scoop shot bounced in, and his free throw made it 64-61.

Peete's feat was reminiscent of Miller's miracle against the New York Knicksin 1995, when he scored eight points in the final 8.9 seconds to send theIndiana Pacers to a 107-105 win in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Thursday night, McGrady scored 13 points in the last 35 seconds, including agame-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left, to lift the Houston Rockets to an81-80 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.

Alex Dunn's last-second shot at the other end missed as the buzzer sounded.

Wyoming coach Steve McClain blamed himself for the loss, saying he shouldhave called a time-out after Peete's 3-pointer to draw up a final play.

"I should have took a time-out. That's my fault," McClain said. "I askthem to be accountable, I should have to be accountable. I should have taken atime-out to make sure we got the last shot."

Peete finished with a career-high 24 points to lead the Wildcats. Harrisscored 12, and Marques Hayden had 10.

Jay Straight scored 17 for Wyoming; Sherrell had 15, and Dunn 14.

Wyoming pulled ahead in the first half on the strength of its 3-pointshooting. Straight hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 9:27 left to for a21-18 lead, and the Cowboys never trailed the rest of the half.

The Cowboys hit six of 15 3-point tries in the first half and led 32-30 athalftime.