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Iowa State investigating angry fans who went to extremes after controversial loss to Kansas

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Iowa State had a legitimate gripe about the officiating at the end of regulation in its 108-96 overtime loss to Kansas on Monday and the Cyclones and their fans were justified in not liking Elijah Johnson's unnecessary exclamation point dunk in the final seconds.

Johnson immediately apologized for the dunk in postgame interviews.

The Big 12 Conference even acknowledged on Tuesday that mistakes were made that affected the outcome of the game and the two officials involved will be docked game assignments.

But several Iowa State fans apparently went to extremes in expressing their frustration in the wake of the Cyclones' loss and school officials are now investigating.

The Kansas City Star reported Iowa State is looking into the seriousness of death threats against Johnson made by a fan on Twitter shortly after the game. Another fan reportedly used a racial slur in regard to Johnson, who is black. The paper reported both Twitter accounts have since been deactivated. Johnson scored a career best 39 points in the game and his performance made the difference for the Jayhawks.

Kansas coach Bill Self also faced the wrath of angry Cyclones fans immediately after the game. After doing a postgame interview on the court a fan charged toward Self and had to be restrained.

Self said the Iowa State student government apologized for both incidents in a letter sent to him this week. It's too bad some people lose control of their emotions based on the outcome of a college basketball game. But it's nice to see the Iowa State students show some leadership by denouncing those inappropriate reactions.

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