Kansas State’s Keyontae Johnson faced off against Jalen Wilson on Tuesday. He then signed on with a mighty alley-oop in the final seconds of the game, and at No. 2 Kansas he secured his thriller in overtime, 83–82.
The Wildcats survived a career night off Wilson in the process of taking the defending champion Jayhawks to their second loss of the season.
Kansas State led 44-39 in the first half, took a 9-2 lead in the second half, and dominated the game 66-61. The rivals traded blows before two Wilson free throws tied the game 72–72 and eventually forced extra time. But Johnson had the last word.
The game remained tight for an extra session before Markquis Nowell’s Johnson Alley-oop dunk put Kansas State all the way up with 24 seconds left and sent the Bramlage Coliseum into a frenzy.
Johnson had 24 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Senior guard Desi his Sills off the Kansas State bench he tallied 24 points, four rebounds and three stolen bases. The Wildcats overcame a career effort from All-Big 12 Kansas forward his Wilson. Wilson hit multiple big his shots in the stretch, scoring 38 points and a loss where he lost nine rebounds.
The performance was the latest big effort for Johnson, who moved this season from Florida after being away from basketball for almost two seasons. Johnson collapsed during the 2020 Florida vs. Florida State game. He received emergency treatment on the floor and was taken off the court on a stretcher. He was hospitalized with reported heart disease and placed in a medically-induced coma. Although he has recovered, he was not expected to play basketball until last May when he announced he was planning a transfer.
Johnson averaged 18.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game on Tuesday. He recorded 28 points and 9 rebounds in his January 3 win over No. 6 Texas. He scored 24 points and nine rebounds in his 19th victory over Baylor four days later.