Keyontae Johnson alley-oop stuns no. 2 Kansas, Jalen Wilson in OT thriller

Keyontae Johnson, left, and Jalen Wilson placed on a present on Tuesday. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

Kansas State’s Keyontae Johnson went toe-to-toe with Jalen Wilson on Tuesday. Then he sealed the take care of an emphatic alley-oop in the sport’s ultimate seconds to safe an 83-82 additional time thriller over No. 2 Kansas.

The Thirteenth-ranked Wildcats survived a profession night time from Wilson in the method to ship the defending champion Jayhawks to simply their second lack of the season. Both groups go away the sport at 16-2 and 5-1 in Big 12 play.

Kansas State managed the sport early en path to a 44-39 first-half lead then rode a 9-2 second-half run to retake management, 66-61. The rivals then traded blows down the stretch earlier than a pair of free throws from Wilson tied the sport and 72-72, in the end forcing additional time. But Johnson had the final phrase.

The recreation remained tight in the additional session earlier than a Johnson alley-oop dunk from Markquis Nowell with 24 seconds remaining put Kansas State up for good and despatched Bramlage Coliseum right into a frenzy.

The Wildcats executed the game-winning play in a halfcourt set after inbounding the ball with 30.3 seconds left off a timeout. The Jayhawks did not have a solution on the opposite finish after calling timeout with 11.7 seconds remaining. Kansas State pressured a Dajuan Harris Jr. turnover on the following possession, prompting the Kansas State scholar part to flood the ground.

Johnson tallied 24 factors, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the win. Senior guard Desi Sills added 24 factors, 4 rebounds and three steals off the Kansas State bench. The Wildcats overcame a profession effort from All-Big 12 Kansas ahead Wilson, who tallied a career-high 38 factors alongside 9 rebounds in the loss whereas hitting a number of massive pictures down the stretch.

Johnson thriving after life-threatening medical situation

The efficiency was the most recent massive effort for Johnson, who transferred this season from Florida after virtually two full seasons off from basketball. Johnson collapsed throughout a 2020 Florida recreation vs. Florida State. He was given emergency therapy on the ground and brought off the court docket on a stretcher. He was hospitalized with a reported coronary heart situation and positioned in a medically induced coma. He recovered, however wasn’t anticipated to play basketball once more earlier than saying final May that he was planning to switch. Now the previous SEC preseason participant of the 12 months is having a profession resurgence following a life-threatening ordeal.


“It’s been wonderful, it is only a blessing from God,” Johnson instructed ESPN after the sport whereas surrounded by Wildcats followers. “He gave me the chance to have a second probability at life. I’m gonna make the most of it each time I get out right here on the court docket.”

Johnson entered Tuesday averaging 18.4 factors and seven.1 rebounds per recreation. He tallied 28 factors and 9 rebounds in a win over No. 6 Texas on Jan. 3. He posted 24 factors and 9 rebounds in a win over No. 19 Baylor 4 days later. Now his Wildcats are tied atop the Big 12 standings with Kansas. They’ve introduced themselves as reputable Final Four contenders in the method.

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