K-State Moves On To Elite 8 with Instant Classic over Michigan State

Six Wildcats scored in double figures including a team-high 22 by Keyontae Johnson

Via K-State Athletics

NEW YORK – Markquis Nowell scored 20 points and broke an NCAA Tournament record with 19 assists, which included an alley-oop to Keyontae Johnson in the closing minutes as second-seeded Kansas State earned a dramatic 98-93 overtime victory over No. 7 seed Michigan State Thursday evening at Madison Square Garden, sending the Wildcats to their 13th Elite 8 in school history.

Johnson led all Wildcats with 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting, while Ismael Massoud added a season-high 15 points thanks to four three pointers. However, Massoud’s biggest bucket of the night came with 17 seconds left in overtime when he took an in-bounds pass from Nowell and sunk a long 2-pointer to give the Wildcats a 96-93 lead.

The Spartans called a timeout with 12 seconds left to try to set up a 3-pointer and send the game into a second overtime, but Nowell stripped Tyson Walker of the ball and drove the length of the court for a layup as time expired to send the Wildcats to a date on Saturday against Florida Atlantic with the right to go to the Final Four.

Kansas State earned its first victory over Michigan State since 1962, while the Wildcats have won each of their last four Regional Semifinal games (1988, 2010, 2018, 2023). The Wildcats are now 4-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament overtime games and have won their last three. The last time K-State played an overtime NCAA Tournament game was a 101-96 double-overtime victory over Xavier in the Sweet 16 in 2010. K-State also improved to 5-0 in overtime games this season.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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