Cyclone loss made worse by heated altercations


Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm calls out a play during the Cyclones’ 75-65 win against Baylor at Hilton Coliseum on Jan. 13, 2018.

Iowa State fell to 7-2 on the season with a 98-84 loss to rival Iowa (7-3, 0-2 Big Ten) on Thursday, but the story of the game happened when the clock was stopped.

It started with a scuffle near the Iowa bench late in the first half. Iowa State was whistled for an offensive foul, stopping the clock and causing a timeout. As redshirt junior Michael Jacobson walked back toward the Cyclone bench, he and Iowa guard Connor McCaffery — son of Iowa head coach Fran McCaffery — got into an argument.

The two were separating as Hawkeye forward Cordell Pemsl stood up and charged at Jacobson. Iowa State coach Steve Prohm, the referees and various players from both sides had to separate everyone. Connor McCaffery, Pemsl and Jacobson were all charged with technical fouls for their roles in the incident.


Redshirt junior Michael Jacobson keeps the ball out of reach from Texas Southern senior Jeremy Combs during the game against Texas Southern at Hilton Coliseum on Nov. 12. The Cyclones won 85-73.

“I didn’t see anything at first,” Prohm said. “I looked up and Mike [Jacobson] and one of the guys are nose-to-nose. Obviously, somebody’s gotta run out there and break the thing up, so I ran out there and got them separated.

“All of a sudden, Pemsl comes out of nowhere. Everything was done, it was over and done with. That was frustrating, but it’s all heat of the moment.”

Prohm and Fran McCaffery argued all night with referees. At one point, Prohm and an official, Keith Kimble, were arguing as a timeout was called. Prohm walked back toward the Iowa State bench and Kimble followed him, continuing the argument and getting within inches of Prohm.


Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm yells instructions to his team after a Kansas basket in Allen Fieldhouse on Jan. 9.

“I didn’t represent the school the right way, and I apologize,” Prohm said.

Later in the second half, a foul was called against Iowa. Fran McCaffery and Iowa’s assistant coaches got up from the bench, yelling at the officials.

The ref appeared to give Fran McCaffery a warning and proceeded to stare him down until Fran McCaffery retreated toward his team’s bench.

“It was a spirited game from the beginning,” Fran McCaffery said. “That’s what you expect … wish it didn’t happen, but it’s just competition and we’ll move on.”

At the end of the game, Connor McCaffery and Iowa State guard Marial Shayok got into a scuffle as Connor McCaffery dribbled out the ball. Connor McCaffery picked up his dribble as the clock neared zeroes, and appeared to raise his elbows to protect the ball as Shayok swiped at it.

The two had to be separated after the game ended. Iowa’s team walked off the floor without shaking hands with the Cyclone coaches or players. Fran McCaffery declined to answer a question about taking his team off the floor without shaking hands.


Iowa’s Cordell Pemsl celebrates during the Hawkeye’s 78-64 win over Iowa State on Thursday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City. 

“Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa,” Fran McCaffery said. “No. No. That was the smart thing to do.”

Prohm said he talked with Iowa assistant coach Kirk Speraw on the way to the locker rooms to apologize.

Iowa State lingered by the bench as officials stood in between the two teams.

“We shook hands with who was there,” Prohm said.

Source: Iowa State Daily