MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Tylor Perry scored a season-high 26 points, including 8 in overtime, as Kansas State continued its success in overtime games under head coach Jerome Tang with a 75-70 win over No. 4/4 Kansas on Monday night before a sold-out crowd of 11,010 fans at Bramlage Coliseum.
K-State (15-8, 5-5 Big 12) moved to 11-0 under Tang in overtime games, including 6-0 this season. The six overtime wins this season tie the Division I record for most overtime wins in a season. The current 11-game overtime streak is the second-longest nationally behind Florida State (14).
Perry played all 45 minutes in the contest, scoring 21 of his 26 points in the second half and overtime, in willing his team to a second consecutive home overtime victory over Kansas (18-5, 6-4 Big 12) while snapping a 4-game losing streak. He finished 7-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range, and 8-of-9 from the free throw line, to go with team-highs in assists (4) and steals (2).
The victory was the 27th over a Top 5 team in school history, including the 12th at Bramlage Coliseum. It was the first Top 5 win since knocking off No. 2 Kansas in overtime at home last season, giving the Wildcats back-to-back home wins over the Jayhawks for the first time since 2014 and 2015.
K-State is now 26-3 at Bramlage Coliseum under Tang, including 12-2 in Big 12 play.
Perry was joined in double figures by junior Cam Carter, who collected his second career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 11 rebounds in playing all but 27 seconds in the game, and fellow junior Arthur Kaluma added 13 points and 8 rebounds.
In a game that included 12 lead changes and 15 ties, K-State had seemingly taken control of the game late in the second half, as the Wildcats erased a 3-point deficit with a 10-2 run to pull ahead 58-54 on a Carter 3-pointer with 4:19 to play and force a timeout by head coach Bill Self. However, the Jayhawks chipped away at the deficit, scoring 10 of the last 16 points to force overtime at 64-all.
In the extra period, Kansas went ahead 66-65 on a jumper by senior Dajuan Harris Jr., but Perry responded with a personal 5-0 run that included a layup and his fourth 3-pointer that gave K-State a 70-66 lead with 1:54 remaining. The Jayhawks continued to fight, closing to within a possession on several occasions, and even had a chance to tie the game with 21 seconds but senior Kevin McCullar Jr. missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Kaluma grabbed the rebound and was fouled.
Kaluma hit both free throws for a 74-70 lead with 18 seconds then Perry finished out the scoring with free throw for the final 75-70 score.
K-State connected on 41.4 percent (24-of-58) from the field, including 34.6 percent (9-of-26) from 3-point range. In the extra period, the Wildcats shot 50 percent (2-of-4) from the field, making their only 3-pointer, and converted on 6 of 8 free throws. They also won the rebounding battle, 43-33, collecting 40 or more rebounds for the eighth time this season.
Senior David N’Guessan and Will McNair Jr., gave the Wildcats a lift off the bench, combining for 11 points and 10 rebounds. N’Guessan finished with 5 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a block in 26 minutes, while McNair had 6 points and 3 rebounds in 29 minutes.
Kansas finished the night hitting on 41.2 percent (28-of-68) from the field, including just 20 percent (3-of-15) from 3-point range, and 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from the free throw line. The Jayhawks took advantage of 16 Wildcat turnovers, converting those into 21 points.
Four Jayhawks scored in double figures, including 21 points by senior Hunter Dickinson on 8-of-18 shooting with a game-high 12 rebounds. Seniors Dajuan Harris Jr. and Kevin McCullar Jr. each had 15 points, while Harris dished out a game-high 8 assists and McCullar had a game-best 4 steals. Junior K.J. Adams Jr. added 13 points to go with 4 assists and 4 steals.
Kansas now leads one of college basketball’s oldest rivalries, 204-96, including 57-8 in the Big 12 era. It is the sixth-most played rivalry in Division I and the second-longest active rivalry at 117 years.
HOW IT HAPPENED
K-State was able to get off to a fast start, as junior Cam Carter struck first from the top of the key for the first of consecutive 3-pointers that gave the Wildcats a 6-3 lead. However, Kansas responded with 6 straight points to go ahead 9-6. The Wildcats scored 7 of the next 11 points to go ahead 13-11 in a run that included a pair of dunks by senior Will McNair Jr. and a 3-pointer from freshman Dai Dai Ames.
In a back and forth game, the Jayhawks responded to the spurt by scoring 8 of the next 10 points to push back ahead 19-15 at the first media timeout with just 11 minutes before halftime. The Wildcats were able to cut the deficit to 21-20 at the 8:24 mark and another media timeout behind a 3-pointer from junior Arthur Kaluma and a layup by Carter.
The teams battled through ties at 21-all, 23-all and 25-all before Kansas was able to go ahead 30-25 on a 5-0 spurt that forced a timeout by head coach Jerome Tang at the 3:41 mark. K-State was able to respond out of the timeout with its own 5-0 run that tied the game at 30-all and forced a timeout by head coach Bill Self with 2:02 to play before halftime. Neither team was able to score until a pair of free throws by senior Dajuan Harris Jr., with 48 seconds gave the Jayhawks a 32-30 lead at the break.
Kansas came out on fire to start the second half with 7 straight points to take a 39-30 and forced a timeout by Tang with 18:07 on the clock. The lead grew to double figures after a layup by senior Hunter Dickinson, but Kaluma was able to end the drought with a running layup that sparked an 8-0 run and cut the deficit to 41-38 at the first media timeout with 15:10 on the clock.
A 3-point play by Carter extended the run to 11-0 and tied the score at 41-all just 10 seconds out of the timeout. The teams battled through another tie before a jumper by Dickinson gave the Jayhawks a 45-43 lead into the second media timeout with just under 12 to play. Two free throws by Carter tied the game at 45-all, while a Carter jumper knotted it at 47-all at the 10:23 mark.
Kansas took the lead on a free throw by senior Kevin McCullar Jr., at 48-47 and held it until K-State strung together 7 straight points, highlighted by 5 free throws from Perry, that gave the Wildcats a 55-52 lead with 4:49 to play. After a basket by the Jayhawks, Carter nailed a 3-pointer from the corner to push the lead to 58-54 and force a timeout by Self with 4:19 remaining.
K-State managed to stay ahead, including by 4 at 60-56, but Kansas took advantage of some untimely turnovers to pull ahead at 62-60 and force a timeout by Tang with 1:36 to play. Perry and Kaluma had back-to-back layups to give the Wildcats a 64-62 lead with 20.5 seconds before junior K.J. Adams Jr., knotted it up at 64-all on a dunk with 14 seconds. Perry’s fade way jumper missed with 2 seconds, pushing the game to overtime for the second straight year at Bramlage Coliseum.
In the extra period, Kansas took a 66-65 lead on a jumper by Harris before Perry scored 5 straight points, including a 3-pointer, that gave K-State a 70-66 with 1:50 play and another time by Self. The Wildcats stayed ahead, but the Jayhawks stayed within one possession and even had a chance to tie but McCullar missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 with 21 seconds and Kaluma grabbed the rebound. He sank both free throws for a 74-70 before Perry added the final margin, going 1-of-2 from the line.
HEAD COACH JEROME TANG
On the game…
“Well, first of all, this is why you want to be in this league, it’s just an unbelievable night in and night out. You’re playing great teams and in great environments and it’s a slugfest and players just made plays one after another and so proud of our guys. You know, there’s always opportunities through the course of a season and through the course of the game, you know, to pack it in and these guys, they’re not quitters. Our struggles to this point have been more connection struggles rather than physical ability struggles and as a staff we’re trying to spend more time with those connections, and I have to do a better job with our guys and connect with their hearts and I think that’s the first step. I also want to thank our fans. They were unbelievable tonight and its a plus 10 and they might have been a plus 15 tonight and then you know, Kansas is an unbelievable team and program and so anytime you can beat a team like that, it goes a long way in building confidence and helping you get to the ultimate end goal.”
On why he wanted the fans to stay off the court…
“Well, these are two of the most proudest moments for me being here. And that when you can beat a nationally ranked team, Baylor was top-10 and Kansas top-5, and your fans don’t storm the court, that we’re building and expectation of these are the games that we’re going to win and we’re going to be that kind of program. I asked our fans last year, I said, ‘we’d get one court storming and after that, let’s have an expectation that we’re going to win.’ And you know, I’ve never seen them storm the court at Allen Fieldhouse. I’ve never seen them storm the court at Duke and at North Carolina, and I don’t believe there’s any reason why given time and the opportunity that we can’t build that kind of program here in Manhattan, Kansas.”
On how big Jerrell Colbert was…
“Jerrell has been working hard. We gotta give credit to our GAs [graduate assistants], they spend a lot of time with him, Coach Marco [Borne] and Coach Jareem [Dowling] work with the bigs and you know, it’s been a struggle. Somebody asked me a couple weeks ago, what certain guys have to do to get on the floor and I said mature, and he’s really taken a more mature approach to his craft. You know, you think, and you look at it and you say, ‘well, man if he has a plus 18, but you said plus 21 in 60 minutes, why don’t you play more?’ Well, no, he’s not physically conditioned yet because game conditioning is different than you know, regular conditioning. So, I just need him to not think that this is the pinnacle for him and get happy and relaxed right now, you got to lock in and just keep getting better because the scouting report is going to get better on you. And so, and that’s the whole team, but since we’re talking about him, very proud of him doing the hard work he’s putting in and then his teammates really trust him and that’s a big deal.”
On what is about overtime that brings out the best in his team…
“Yeah, I don’t know. We just have this belief, I think you know, in overtime, it’s about players making plays man, and them dudes, they don’t feel the pressure. You know, and we work on it every day in practice, but I don’t know that, that’s necessarily the reason, I think the guys just make plays and their confidence level grows and I think our staff does a good job in those moments of not getting tight.”
- K-State (15-8, 5-5 Big 12) snapped a 4-game losing streak with a 75-70 overtime win over No. 4/4 Kansas… It marked the Wildcats’ sixth overtime win of the season.
- K-State is now 11-0 in overtime games under head coach Jerome Tang.
- The 6 overtime wins this season ties the Division I record for most overtime wins in a single season… The current 11-game winning streak in overtime is the second-longest nationally behind Florida State, which has won 14 in a row dating to 2018.
- The win was the 27th over a Top 5 team in school history, including the fourth over a team ranked No. 4 in the AP poll… Tang now has 5 wins over Top 10 teams.
- Kansas still leads the series 204-96, including 81-50 in Manhattan… Seven of K-State’s 8 wins in the series since 2006 have come at Bramlage Coliseum.
- K-State has won consecutive home games over Kansas for the first time since 2014 and 2015.
- K-State is now 12-2 at home this season, including 11-2 at Bramlage Coliseum… Tang is now 26-3 at Bramlage Coliseum, including 12-2 in home Big 12 games.
- K-State scored its 75 points on 41.4 percent (24-of-58) shooting, including 34.6 percent (9-of-26) from 3-point range, and 69.2 percent (18-of-26) from the free throw line.
- K-State connected on 9 3-pointers, including from 4 different players.
- K-State won the rebounding battle, 43-33, for the 14th time in 23 games this season, including 9 offensive rebounds that led to 8 second-chance points… The Wildcats collected 40 or more rebounds for the eighth time this season.
- Turnovers continue to be issue, as 16 miscues led to 21 Kansas points.
- K-State used a starting lineup of senior Tylor Perry, freshman Dai Dai Ames, junior Cam Carter, junior Arthur Kaluma and redshirt sophomore Jerrell Colbert… It marked the second straight game using this lineup and just the fifth different lineup this season… Carter has now started all 59 games in his K-State career… Carter and Perry have started all 23 games… Kaluma earned his 21st start… It was the fifth start for Ames and the second career start for Colbert.
- Three Wildcats scored in double figures, including a season-high 26 points from senior Tylor Perry… He was joined by junior Cam Carter (19 points) and Arthur Kaluma (13 points).
- Perry scored his season-high 26 points on 7-of-15 field goals, including 4-of-10 from 3-point range, and 8-of-9 free throws in playing all 45 minutes… Perry now has 26 career 20-point games, including a team-high 7 this season… He now has 74 career double-digit scoring games, including 17 this season.
- Perry has now led the team in scoring on 12 occasions.
- Perry also had team-highs in assists (4) and steals (2) to go with 5 rebounds.
- Carter registered his second career double-double (and first in Big 12 play) with 19 points on 6-of-14 field goals, including 3-of-7 from 3-point range, and 4-of-5 free throws, to go with a career-best 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal and 1 block in nearly 45 minutes… He has now scored in double figures in 30 career games, including a team-best 20 this season.
- Kaluma scored his 13 points on 4-of-11 field goals, including 1-of-6 from 3-point range, and 4-of-4 free throws to go with 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steals in nearly 42 minutes… He has now scored in double figures in 59 career games, including 19 this season.
K-State makes its first trip to Provo, Utah in the new Big 12 format on Saturday, as the Wildcats play at No. 22/21 BYU (16-5, 4-4 Big 12) at the Marriott Center at 9 p.m., CT on ESPN2.