Kansas City, Mo. • BYU's attempt to knock off the No. 12-ranked team in college basketball started perfectly for the Cougars on Tuesday night. It couldn't have ended any worse.
The finish to what was a tight game with three minutes remaining was a tale of clanked shots, turnovers and frustration with the officiating that boiled over in the final minute when coach Dave Rose was assessed a rare technical foul.
Wichita State took the 75-62 win in the championship game of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at the Sprint Center in front of a pro-Shockers crowd, breaking from a 59-57 lead behind the shooting of Fred VanVleet.
"We just kind of ran out of gas a little bit," Rose said.
The Cougars fell to 5-2 and have now lost 11 of their last 12 games against ranked teams, and six straight.
This one was there for the taking, though, before the Cougars went ice-cold from the field.
BYU did not make a shot from the field in the final eight minutes and 34 seconds, which Matt Carlino attributed to WSU's physical defense on the perimeter.
After a first half full of runs, the second 20 minutes was a seesaw affair, with the lead changing hands consistently and neither team building much of a lead until the Shockers went on the late tear.
A four-point BYU scoring spurt tied it at 51-51 with 8:34 remaining.
But after that field goal by Frank Bartley, the Cougars could only score from the free-throw line, while a 3-pointer by WSU's Fred VanVleet, who had made five all season before Tuesday, gave the Shockers a 57-53 lead. He made another one with 3:35 left to push the lead to five and the rout was on.
With BYU trailing by three, Matt Carlino had a good look at a trey with 2:45 left, but it was just off, and the Shockers scored on their next two possessions to grab a cushion.
"I thought it was in," he said.
Then it was a parade to the free-throw line for the Shockers in the ugly final minutes, with BYU's Nate Austin getting ejected for committing a flagrant 2 foul and Rose picking up a technical foul with 26.2 seconds left for expressing displeasure over a no-call.
"It was a pretty physical game," Rose said, using the word "physical" in the postgame news conference several times.
Carlino led BYU with 21 points, but 18 came in the first half. Tyler Haws added 17, but was just 3 of 15 from the field. He was 11 of 11 from the free-throw line.
BYU's start was stunning.
Picking up where they left off Monday night from 3-point range, the Cougars jumped out to a 19-6 lead, silencing the partisan crowd. Carlino spearheaded the run with three 3-pointers, and when he hit one with 12:55 left in the first half, the Cougars were 13 of 16 from beyond the arc dating back to Monday's game, when they were 10 of 12.
Then they went cold, and the Shockers went on an 11-0 run to get themselves and their crowd back into it. The overcame that cold spell, but not the next one, their bid to take down a ranked opponent falling short again.
O BYU loses its sixth straight game against a ranked team, falling late to Wichita State 75-62.
• The Cougars go the final eight minutes without making a field goal.
• BYU is just 21 of 30 from the free-throw line.
No. 12 Wichita St. 75, BYU 62
Mika 3-6 4-6 10, Austin 0-1 0-0 0, Carlino 7-19 3-5 21, Haws 3-15 11-11 17, Collinsworth 2-6 2-6 6, Sharp 0-0 0-0 0, Winder 0-1 0-0 0, Halford 0-2 1-2 1, Bartley IV 3-8 0-0 7, Worthington 0-0 0-0 0.Totals 18-58 21-30 62.
WICHITA ST. (7-0)
Early 4-14 4-5 12, Coleby 2-4 0-0 4, VanVleet 5-10 0-0 12, Baker 5-16 11-11 23, Cotton 3-6 0-0 7, Lufile 0-0 0-0 0, Green 0-0 0-0 0, Wessel 0-1 0-0 0, Bush 0-0 0-0 0, Carter 3-9 3-5 9, Simon 0-0 1-2 1, Wiggins 2-8 2-2 7.Totals 24-68 21-25 75.
HalftimeBYU 36-34. 3-Point GoalsBYU 5-20 (Carlino 4-9, Bartley IV 1-5, Winder 0-1, Halford 0-2, Haws 0-3), Wichita St. 6-28 (VanVleet 2-4, Baker 2-11, Cotton 1-3, Wiggins 1-6, Wessel 0-1, Early 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsBYU 42 (Austin 12), Wichita St. 46 (Wiggins 8). AssistsBYU 7 (Collinsworth 3), Wichita St. 13 (Baker, Cotton, Early, VanVleet 3). Total FoulsBYU 21, Wichita St. 23. TechnicalBYU Bench. A8,324.