Babb’s most complete game as a Cyclone ends with bizarre finish

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Chris Babb almost had the storybook game of his career.

Game after game, the determined senior is saluted for his great defensive play. He was on his best at that end of floor in Stillwater last night, too.

Babb held Oklahoma State’s leading scorer, Markel Brown, to two points in 18 first-half minutes (Brown had 10 points in the second half). In the second half, Babb switched to cover Le’Bryan Nash (who had 14 points in the first half) and limited him to four points in the last 20 minutes.

“He does his job every night defensively,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said afterwards. “But, it was great to see him get it going offensively. Chris needed to see the ball go through the basket.”

Babb had a season-best 19 points and made 5-6 shots from three-point range vs. OSU.

And, he nearly had the chance to write the ultimate tale before a bizarre sequence unfolded in the game’s final seconds.

Trailing by two with less than two seconds left, Babb and his teammates had to retreat back on defense after Tyrus McGee was forced out of bounds on a potential game-winning play.

Babb then made a stellar defensive play and was fouled. The 79% free throw shooter (Big 12 games) was in position to send the game into OT with a pair of free throws.

But that script got scrapped when the officials ruled the foul occurred before Babb intercepted the pass. ISU got the ball out of bounds and its last-gasp attempt missed.

Although Babb’s game was not the storybook tale it could have been, it was his most complete game in a Cyclone uniform. That truth is not open to debate.

Reader feedback is welcome at 2minutetimeout@iastate.edu. You can also follow me on Twitter at twitter.com/SteveMalchow

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