In an exhilarating time beyond regulation showdown in opposition to No. 2 Kansas, the No. 13 Ok-State Wildcats received the Sunflower Showdown 83-82. The back-and-forth battle went all the way in which to the top with a number of large time moments, completed by a game-winning alley-oop from guard Markquis Nowell to ahead Keyontae Johnson.
Physicality and protection had been the themes early on either side. The 2 groups began off the sport with a mixed 0-5 from the sector and two turnovers within the first two minutes of play from either side. After the sluggish and rugged begin, the Wildcats took management.
Ok-State gained a fast 14-6 lead after Johnson led 5 minutes of play, scoring eighth fast factors on three photographs. The Jayhawks dedicated 5 turnovers earlier than the 13-minute mark, helping the early Ok-State lead.
The Wildcats saved their distance for almost all of the primary half, aided by guard Desi Sills scoring 14 of his 24 factors within the first half. Together with Sills’ and Johnson’s scoring feats, Ok-State began off robust with a vigorous protection and dominated the battle contained in the paint on either side, main by as a lot as 14.
“My teammates discovered me early,” Sills stated. “They advised me simply consider in my work, belief in my work and simply go on the market and be the canine they know I’m.”
Kansas’s capturing woes ended as forwards Jalen Wilson and KJ Adams Jr. mixed for 27 factors with Adams capturing an ideal 6-6 from the sector and Wilson capturing 5-13 after lacking his first 5 makes an attempt. Kansas guard Dajuan Harris Jr. assisted on practically half of the Jayhawk area objectives within the half, amassing seven for the half. Johnson completed the half with a mid-range jumper over Wilson, giving Ok-State a 44-39 lead after 20 minutes.
The opening of the second half mirrored the start of the primary. Each groups struggled to attain early, occurring streaks of a minimum of 5 missed photographs in a row. For the Jayhawks, that included lacking 5 straight 3-pointers out of the break till guard Grady Dick ended the streak, his first of the sport.
After some back-and-forth, Wilson gave the Jayhawks one other enhance. Scoring his twenty third and twenty fourth level on the free throw line, he gave the Jayhawks their first lead because the first three minutes of the sport, main 58-57 with 8:40 remaining.
“Jalen Wilson obtained to the road,” Johnson stated. “That took us again somewhat bit, simply making an attempt to not foul however nonetheless enjoying aggressive.”
Johnson would give a solution of his personal, scoring 5 straight factors to take a 61-61 tie to a 66-61 Wildcat lead. The Jayhawks would climb again into the lead however would give it again to Ok-State.
With 1:43 left and a 70-69 Kansas lead, Sills drove and was fouled by Adams, committing his fifth foul and fouling out of the sport. Sills would go on to tie the sport. Down the ground, the struggling Nowell would strip the ball from Adams’ substitute, Zach Clemence, and go coast-to-coast to take the lead 72-70 with 1:14 remaining.
“He’s getting actually good at not permitting issues to rattle him,” head coach Jerome Tang stated about Nowell. “…. He’s getting higher at that. So he’s rising as a degree guard and as a pacesetter.”
Wilson would tie the sport with a pair of free throws at 72-72. After a Wildcat possession that ended with a number of gamers on the ground, Kansas had the final shot. Ok-State blew up the play with ahead Nae’Qwan Tomlin serving to Johnson out on a steal, however the ahead would miss the potential game-winning layup. The sport would head to time beyond regulation at 72-72.
Time beyond regulation continued the back-and-forth as momentum swayed every method. It led all the way in which as much as the ultimate two possessions.
With Kansas up 82-81, Ok-State had yet one more possession to take the lead. The Wildcats went again to the duo that had introduced them to this degree of play: Nowell to Johnson. Johnson lower to the basket and Nowell threw him an alley-oop, completely positioned for the slam. Johnson scored his twenty fourth level to take the lead and the sport. The Jayhawks failed to attain and the Wildcats took the Sunflower Showdown 83-82.
“I couldn’t give attention to catching,” Johnson stated concerning the alley-oop. “I imply, I missed the sport successful layup so I needed to do one thing.”
“We had a shot final 12 months at beating them up 17 and now lastly getting it achieved, it feels actually good,” Markquis stated.
Johnson’s and Sills’ 24 factors had been helped by Tomlin recording his first double-double with 15 factors and 10 rebounds. All of the Wildcat performances had been wanted to outlast Wilson and his 38 factors. The high-scoring efficiency got here together with Adams’ 17 factors. The struggles for Kansas got here from their capturing efficiency from past the arc, hitting solely 20.6% of their 3-point makes an attempt.
“We knew they had been going to key in on Markquis and Keyontae as a result of a variety of groups been doing that,” Sills stated. “We labored all week on the ball display screen and totally different stuff to make the most of and get open photographs.”
The top of the sport witnessed one other storming by Ok-State college students. When it was all stated and achieved and the followers had been overlaying your complete hardwood, Tang gave a victory assertion to all who might hear.
“I advised ya we had been going to get you a courtroom storming,” Tang stated. “From right here on out, count on to win.”