January 29, 2023

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Nowell, Johnson lead Wildcats over Baylor in Tang’s return

Coach Tang sits in entrance of his gamers throughout a day trip, centered on instructing the crew. The wildcats defeated UMKC 69-53 on Nov. seventeenth. (Archive picture by Jersey Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

For the third straight sport, the Kansas State Wildcats pulled off an upset victory over an AP Prime 25 opponent as they defeated the Baylor Bears 97-95. The extra time victory on Saturday marked head coach Jerome Tang’s return to Waco the place he beforehand coached.

Guard Markquis Nowell and ahead Keyontae Johnson once more led the scoring for the Wildcats, dropping 32 and 24 factors, respectively. 

“I’ve been simply taking numerous good photographs,” stated Nowell. “I’ve been watching numerous movie with Coach Perry and Tang and the important thing has been taking an increasing number of good photographs. If I try this, I’m far more environment friendly.”

Baylor was led offensively by guard Adam Flagler with 23 factors and 22 factors from guard Keyonte George. Ahead Flo Thamba chipped in 14 factors and 7 rebounds.

“Their guards are a few of the finest shooters within the nation,” stated Tang. “We simply wished to attempt to make it as tough as attainable for them after they had been capturing.”

The 2 groups battled forwards and backwards all through the evening as the most important lead was solely eight factors.

With a three-point lead within the waning seconds of regulation, the Wildcats watched their lead collapse as ahead Jalen Bridges buried a 3-pointer, tying the sport at 86 and sending the sport to OT.

Within the extra time interval, the groups traded baskets. Baylor led by two with 30 seconds remaining earlier than ahead Ismael Massoud hit a 3-pointer to present Okay-State a 96-95 lead.

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“Ish [Ismael] is enjoying as a result of he’s giving the type of effort and has embraced enjoying the best way that’s going to permit us to have an opportunity to win each evening,” stated Tang. “His communication on the market has improved drastically.”

Nowell then hit one free throw, clinching the two-point victory for Okay-State.

The Wildcats are actually 14-1 to start out the season, their finest begin because the 1958-59 season. The Wildcats face off towards Oklahoma State at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at dwelling.