MANHATTAN, Can. – Keyontae Johnson scored 24 points, including an alley dunk with 25 seconds left in overtime, as Kansas State’s No. 13 beat No. 2 Kansas 83-82 on Tuesday night to snap a seven-game streak.
Desi Sills also scored 24 points and Nae’Kwan Tomlin had 15 points and 10 boards while the Wildcats (16-2, 5-1 Big 12) held on tight after squandering a 14 lead. points in the first half and then missed the chance. to win the game in regulation.
Jalen Wilson attempted to replace Kansas in overtime, converting a 3-pointer, knocking down a 3-pointer and making a pair of free throws to secure an 82–80 lead with just over a minute left. But after Johnson hit a free throw on the other end, Wilson missed a deep three as the shot clock expired to give the Wildcats another chance.
After a timeout, Markkis Nowell threw in a cross that Johnson deflected to an 83–82 lead with 25 seconds left.
Kansas also called a timeout to set up their own finishing game, but a confident Dajuan Harris Jr. lost the ball in traffic and the Jayhawks never got a chance to land a potentially winning shot as purple-clad fans filled the hall.
Wilson finished with a Jayhawks-record 38 points (16–2, 5–1). KJ Adams scored 17 points and Grady Dick scored 16, although both of their key players were benched at the finish after a foul.
In an epic showdown, both teams had chances to win in the last 30 seconds of normal time.
Kansas had possession first with 23 seconds left and the game was tied at 72, only to see Harris Jr lose control near the midcourt line, just as he had done at the end of overtime. The Wildcats grabbed the lost ball and passed it to Johnson, but the star forward missed a wild rim shot shortly before the buzzer sounded.
In the most anticipated Sunflower Showdown in years, which sold out around the Bramlage Coliseum hours before kickoff while waiting to enter, it was the less respected Wildcats, rather than the reigning national champions, who showed early poise and accuracy.
Kansas State made their first five 3-pointers and shot 52% from the field in the first half. He hit Wilson, the Big 12’s leading scorer, three times before scoring a goal. And at one point, the Wildcats were leading by as much as 14 points.
However, there is a reason the Jayhawks entered on the night of 29-5 at the Bramlage Coliseum.
They always seem to deal with the pressure there.
Wilson finally got in on the action with 12 goals in the first half, while Adams was successful with 15 by halftime. The Jayhawks eventually closed the perimeter, forcing Kansas State to drive unsuccessfully to the ring, and they slowly reduced their deficit to close 44–39 at halftime.
Despite foul issues—Kevin McCallar Jr. went to the bench as a four-piece with 10 minutes left, eventually fouling, and Adams also fouled on the stretch—the Jayhawks eventually came back, taking their first lead since the start of the game. minutes at 59-57 with just under 8 minutes left.
However, the state of Kansas refused to give up. As is Kansas.
Turns out 40 minutes wasn’t enough to solve it.
Kansas somehow held on despite struggling hard off the foul line, winning 24 of 34 and shooting 6 of 29 from the three-point line. The Jayhawks did this by solving early shift problems and effectively getting to the rim on offense.
Kansas State relies heavily on Nowell, especially on offense, and his worst plays have resulted in losses. Butler held it up to 13 points and had five assists against TCU. But despite only scoring four points against Kansas, he had seven assists, none more important than the last.
Kansas returns home to play #14 TCU on Saturday. On the same day, Kansas State plays Texas Tech.
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