March 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 out, centered on instructing the workforce. The wildcats defeated UMKC 69-53 on Nov. seventeenth. (Archive photograph by Jersey Johnson | Collegian Media Group)

For the third straight sport, the Kansas State Wildcats pulled off an upset victory over an AP High 25 opponent as they defeated the Baylor Bears 97-95. The time beyond regulation 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,” mentioned Nowell. “I’ve been watching numerous movie with Coach Perry and Tang and the important thing has been taking increasingly 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 number of the greatest shooters within the nation,” mentioned Tang. “We simply wished to attempt to make it as troublesome as potential for them after they had been taking pictures.”

The 2 groups battled backwards and forwards 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 crumble as ahead Jalen Bridges buried a 3-pointer, tying the sport at 86 and sending the sport to OT.

Within the time beyond regulation interval, the groups traded baskets. Baylor led by two with 30 seconds remaining earlier than ahead Ismael Massoud hit a 3-pointer to provide 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 way in which that’s going to permit us to have an opportunity to win each evening,” mentioned 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 at the moment are 14-1 to start out the season, their greatest begin for the reason that 1958-59 season. The Wildcats face off in opposition to Oklahoma State at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at dwelling.