NCAA Tournament - Markquis Nowell and Kansas State outlast Michigan State, headed to Elite 8
Yahoo Sports college basketball writer Krysten Peek takes you through 3-seed Kansas State’s impressive overtime win over 7-seed Michigan State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
KRYSTEN PEEK: It was a back and forth battle between number seven, Michigan State, and number three, Kansas State, in the East Regional Semifinal. And it came down to the wire as Kansas State closed it out 98-93 in the first overtime finish of the tournament as they advance to the Elite Eight. The Spartans were down by 2 points with 19 seconds left in regulation. And it was Tyson Walker who tied the game at 82 apiece with 5 seconds remaining, with the Wildcats unable to convert.
In overtime, it was Walker again hitting a contested 3 over Keyontae Johnson to take the lead by 3 with under two minutes remaining. Kansas State answered, and it was a tie ball game with 1 minute left when Marquis Nowell found Johnson for a backdoor cut and a dunk, to go up by 2 points. Ishmail Masooud hit a jumper, and Nowell stole the ball with 9 seconds left to secure the win over the Spartans. Nowell set a new NCAA tournament record with 19 assists in a single game. He added 20 points and 5 steals. Keyontae Johnson finished with 22 points in the win. And the bench came up big, combining for 26 points.
The backcourt of AJ Hoggard and Tyson Walker did everything they could for Michigan State, but came up short. Hoggard led all players with 25 points, and Walker added 16 in the loss. A year ago, Kansas State was coming off its worst three year stretch in program history. They hired Jerome Tang and now, with 11 new players, they're headed to the Elite Eight for the 14th time in school history. And they hope to keep their run alive as they advance to the East Regional Final.