LINCOLN, Neb. - Play this team close and lose, play that team close and lose.
Frankly, it's getting a little tiresome for Iowa State's Tyray Pearson.
"It's starting to be like a broken record," Pearson said. "It's happening every game. We've got to start finding a way to win."
The latest disappointment for Iowa State was an 86-84 loss at Nebraska in overtime on Saturday night. It was similar to so many other Big 12 games for the Cyclones, who won the last two conference championships but now are in last place.
Iowa State lost to No. 2 Kansas 88-81 last Wednesday after leading with a little more than two minutes left. The Cyclones lost to Colorado 63-61 on a last-second shot, lost to No. 11 Oklahoma State 69-66 and were beaten at Baylor 79-74.
"We can't consistently guard people and until we do, we're going to have some frustrating losses," Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy said. "It was just another of our last three or four games that we had tied with a minute or so to play."
John Robinson made two free throws with three seconds left for Nebraska's winning points. Iowa State beat the Cornhuskers 60-59 in Lincoln last season with a shot at the buzzer, and the Cyclones had a chance to repeat that finish.
With Jake Sullivan serving as a decoy and drawing two defenders, Iowa State's Ricky Morgan lobbed an inbounds pass to Marcus Jefferson, whose 3-point attempt from the left of the key bounced off the back of the rim.
"Everyone in the arena expected us to go to Jake," Eustachy said. "That's why we went with Marcus. I thought he had a heck of a look."
Sullivan, who scored 22 points, blamed himself for leaving the Cyclones such a position.
"It shouldn't have come down to the final play," he said. "I missed a shot at the end of regulation that I should have made."
Nebraska had tied it at 75 with 1:09 left in regulation on a 3-pointer by Ross Buckendahl, who had been scoreless in Big 12 play going into the game. Sullivan misfired with about 10 seconds remaining and Nebraska missed three shots just before the buzzer.