Tylor Perry saved his biggest moments for the extra period, and Cam Carter and Arthur Kaluma each had big nights to propel the Kansas State Wildcats (5-2, 4-0 Home) to an 88-78 overtime victory against the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (2-4) Tuesday night in Bramlage Coliseum.
In both the first and second half, K-State built seemingly comfortable leads, only to allow ORU to pull back in front. A jumper by freshman Macaleab Rich put the Wildcats ahead 28-17 with just under nine minutes to play in the first period, but K-State missed a layup and committed turnovers on three straight possessions to allow the Golden Eagles a 10-0 run in less than two minutes to get back within one. The visitors would grab the lead briefly before David N’Guessan made one of two free throws to knot the score 41-all at the half.
The Cats scored the first 7 points in the second half, and when Arthur Kaluma drained a corner three-pointer to stake them to a 59-50 advantage, it seemed as if the drama might have been removed from the contest. But Oral Roberts roared back with an 8-0 run to get within one again. A 7-2 run gave K-State a six-point advantage, 66-60, with six minutes to play. But ORU’s Issac McBride, who tormented the Wildcats all night, tied it again at 68-all with 1:30 to play.
Tylor Perry answered with a three-pointer and was fouled, converting the 4-point play to establish a 72-68 Cat cushion. But even that lead did not hold. McBride drew a foul on Cam Carter and buried both free throws. Perry missed a three on the offensive end, and K-State fouled twice, since the Golden Eagles were not yet in the bonus, to burn time. After a timeout, ORU got a dunk for Sir Isaac Herron off a nice set play to knot the score at 72 with :01.5 remaining. A three-quarter court heave by Perry just missed, and the game went to overtime.
Carter started the OT with a nice drive to earn two free throws. He drained them, but ORU’s Jailen Bedford knocked down a three-pointer—his 4th and the team’s 9th of the night—to put the visitors back in front. After Will McNair Jr. scored a layup on a nice fastbreak to give the Wildcats a 76-75 lead, Bedford struck again, putting the Cats in a two-point hole with 3:10 remaining.
K-State would hold the Golden Eagles scoreless the rest of the way. Kaluma converted a three-point play on the fast break, and after Mcbride mercifully missed, Perry made two free throws to stake K-State to a 71-68 lead. He followed that with a jumper, then stole the inbounds pass and knocked down another free throw. Perry would put in two more charity tosses, and Dai Dai Ames would score the last two points at the line for the final 88-78 margin.
Oral Roberts stayed in the game by playing completely different offensive styles. in the first half, the Golden Eagles hit 8 of 10 three-point attempts and shot 15-24 (62.5%) overall. K-State was in the game, mainly, because they grabbed 10 offensive rebounds in the half. That led to 8 more field goal attempts (16-32), as well as 9 trips to the free throw line, compared to only 5 for ORU.
In the second half, Oral Roberts was 0-5 from outside, but 13-20 inside the arc. Meanwhile, K-State knocked down 6 of 17 from deep, grabbed 9 more offensive rebounds, and managed to salvage a tie despite yielding the lead late.
All five K-State starters scored in the overtime, and Perry’s previously-described heroics sealed the deal.
Both Perry and Kaluma ended with 20 points. Carter scored 19, but he may have been the game’s most important contributor, as he pulled down 10 rebounds, had 5 assists and 3 steals. Perhaps bigger than that, it was Carter who finally frustrated McBride into some difficult shots and turnovers down the stretch. His all-around play was certainly key to the victory.
Ames and Will McNair Jr. each added 11 to give K-State five double-figure scorers.
McBride was incredible through most of the game. At one point, he had made 8 of 10 attempts from the floor, scoring in multiple fashions, all of them smooth and easy. Though he led all scorers with 25 points, he cooled off significantly late in the game when forced to press. He shot 10-16 overall.
Bedford, who had not hit more than two three-pointers in any previous contest this season, knocked down 5 of 7 attempts on the night and scored 23. No other Golden Eagle reached double-digit scoring.
K-State hosts the North Alabama Lions at 1:00 Saturday afternoon.