In December 2015, the #4 ranked Cyclones overcame a 62-42 deficit to beat the dreaded Team out East thanks to a Monté Morris jumper with 9 seconds to play. This emotionally charged win caused students to pour from their respective ends of the court onto the court.
Caught up in all of this mayhem was Des Moines Register reporter Randy Peterson who locked legs with someone next to him and fell onto Hilton’s floor with a thud sound almost as large as Jarrod Uthoff’s brick at the end of regulation.
As some fans in the state might attest, Randy was “trampled”.
However, that was not the case, obviously, as seen by the below Rick Brown tweet.
@RandyPete update. Both tibia and fibula fractured. Surgery tomorrow.— Rick Brown (@ByRickBrown) December 11, 2015
Jamie Pollard wasn’t sure what happened either, so that Thursday night he released the following statement:
“In fairness, we still do not know exactly what happened,” Pollard said. “However, at this point our thoughts are focused on Randy and his wife Patty, who is battling cancer. He is our beat reporter and Patty and he are both very good friends of our program.
”Coach (Steve) Prohm and I have both personally spoken with Randy and have assured him we will do whatever we can to help them both through what they are dealing with.”
This just adds to Iowa State v. Team Out East lore, and Randy summed up his feelings, as well as the feelings of Hawk Nation with one word...
Ouch— Randy Peterson (@RandyPete) December 11, 2015