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Tylor Perry’s Late “3” Lifts K-State over Villanova 72-71 in Overtime

Third time’s a...well, they’ve all been a charm.

Background: Dec 5, 2023; Manhattan, Kansas, USA; Kansas State Wildcats fans hold up a sign before the start of a game against the Villanova Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell
Go to overtime against Jerome Tang’s K-State Wildcats, and you have sealed your own DOOM.
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For the third consecutive contest, the Kansas State Wildcats played an extra five minutes and won, beating the Villanova Wildcats 72-71 in overtime Tuesday night as part of the Big East-Big 12 Battle.

Battle the game was. Behind the stellar efforts of Arthur Kaluma and a defense that finally locked in, K-State (7-2, 6-0 Home) overcame a hot shooting start from the visiting Wildcats to erase a six-point early deficit and lead 33-25 at intermission. Kaluma scored 19 and grabbed 8 rebounds in the half. His driving bucket with 0.4 on the clock, together with the resulting foul and free throw, gave K-State momentum and what seemed, at the time, a commanding lead.

Appearances, alas, can be deceiving.

Early returns were also misleading. Villanova (6-4) had grabbed a 19-13 lead on a Jordan Longino three-point bucket with 12:42 to play in the half. To that point, ‘Nova had made 5 of 6 attempts from deep. They got a layup from Hakim Hart with 8:12 to play, but did not score from the field again until 1:15 into the second half.

Their first bucket of the second period, a three-pointer from Tyler Burton, cut into what had been a 10-point lead for K-State. A Cam Carter three got the home Wildcats back up by nine, 42-33, before the first media timeout. But after a layup for Villanova and a couple of deep misses by K-State’s Tylor Perry, Villanova drained two from outside to crawl within a single point, 42-41, with nearly fourteen minutes remaining.

Though the game was eventually tied at 45, Jerome Tang’s squad answered again. Kaluma made a layup. Carter drove and threw a sweet lob between the double-team just a few feet to the front of the rim for a David N’Guessan dunk. After consecutive defensive stops, Carter and Dai Dai Ames each converted layups to reestablish an 8-point home ‘Cat cushion. The lead would grow to 56-47 on a Carter three with 10:19 to play.

But K-State suffered its own cold spell, scoring only two points over the next 6:04, allowing Villanova to pull within 1 again, 58-57. As they had all evening, Tang’s gang responded. Perry threw a nice assist in the two-man game to Will McNair Jr., who scored and made the and-1. On the next possession, Kaluma used the Euro-(don’t pay any attention to this fancy traveling)-step to perfection, giving K-State yet another 6-point lead, 63-57, with 3:11 to play.

But as they had throughout the second half, Villanova played downhill basketball, getting into the lane for layups on three consecutive possessions to knot the score at 63. K-State had a chance to take a lead late, but Perry never could free himself from the taller ‘Nova defenders and turned the ball over. Excellent face-up defense by Carter forced a difficult jump-shot attempt on the other end by TJ Bamba, and overtime commenced.

Villanova scored first in the extra period and built a 71-67 lead with 1:20 to play. Kaluma assisted N’Guessan on a layup to get K-State within 2. Then N’Guessan snared the biggest rebound of the night to set up the decisive final possession with 22 seconds remaining. Perry, who had airballed a three-point attempt earlier and who was 1-9 from deep at the time, took a hard jab-step on the dribble near the right key, stepped back, and drained the three-point bucket to put K-State in front.

‘Nova’s Jorgan Longino drove the length of the floor, but his lay-up attempt was late. It missed, anyway.

Final score: K-State 72, Villanova 71.

Kaluma played 44 minutes and led all scorers with 26 points on 10-13 shooting, including 3-3 consistency from beyond the arc. He also grabbed 9 rebounds and tossed 4 assists, including a perfect lob on a perfectly executed set play to Carter after a timeout. Eight of Kaluma’s nine rebounds came in the first half.

Carter scored 16 and had 3 assists. Perry struggled shooting, converting only 4-12 overall and 2-10 from outside. But he had 6 assists against only 2 turnovers and, as previously mentioned, hit the incredible shot that decided the game. Not be to overlooked: the undersized guard who many think “can’t get his own shot” absolutely made that play and created space all on his own.

N’Guessan, playing college basketball with his mother in attendance for the first time in his career, only scored 4, but he led the team with 10 boards. He also teamed with McNair (who had 9 points) to contest shots inside. Each was credited with two blocks, but they certainly altered many more ‘Nova attempts.

Five Villanova players reached double figures in scoring, led by Longino, who had 16 off the bench, but who could not quite get his final shot attempt away before the clock expired.

With the win, Jerome Tang’s teams are a perfect 9-0 in overtime games at K-State.

Next Up

K-State will travel to Baton Rouge Saturday to face Louisiana State University. The Tigers are 5-3 on the season. The game is at 12:30, but is unfortunately set to be televised on the SEC Network. (Did you know that league allowed bouncy-hoops on its precious Tee-Vee airwaves? I thought it was only for football, football press conferences, and reruns of football.)