Friday, November 17, 2023

6'7 Center; Isaiah Wong Buzzer Beater Lifts Miami to Sweet 16 over K-State 78-77

 Admittedly we've have many more visitors to this page on the preview of Larry Bird's 1979 Indiana State facing last year's Texas squad in the final 2nd round game - but our next to last match-up proved one of our closest games.

K-State led early but never by more than 45-38, but 6-foot-7 center Norchad rallied the Hurricanes to a 68-64 lead with 5 minutes to play.

The rest of the game was within 2 points until each team's last possession. K-State's 6'11 center, who had trouble stopping or scoring on Omier (18 points, 5 blocked shots) most of the night, came through with a bucket and drew the foul - sinking the free throw to give K-State the 77-76 lead.

However, the team's leading scorer during the actual season, Isaiah Wong, beat the buzzer at the other end for the 78-77 win. K-State advances to the Sweet 16 to play the surprising Colorado 2021 team.

K-State lost despite only turning the ball over 7 times - the lowest we remember in any game. Team's start with 5 turnovers - 3 non-steal turnovers and then accounting for one steal each by both opposing guards as the Value Add Basketball Game starts with a 20-20 tie and 44 possessions to play in order to keep playing time less than and hour.

Kansas State 2023        PtsRebStlsBlksFls   Ht        Actual Season
Markquis Nowell932015'717.6 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 8.3 Ast
Desi Sills1332126'18.7 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 2.2 Ast
Camryn Carter430016'36.5 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Keyontae Johnson2560016'517.4 Pts, 6.8 Reb, 2.1 Ast
Nae'Qwan Tomlin870236'1010.4 Pts, 5.9 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Dorian Finister220026'52.0 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Ismael Massoud720016'85.4 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 0.5 Ast
David N'Guessan520116'96.4 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 0.8 Ast
Tykei Greene210016'42.7 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Abayomi Iyiola210016'93.4 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 0.3 Ast
K-State 7 Turnovers77304414  
Miami 2023PtsRebStlsBlksFlsHtActual Season
Nijel Pack1431016'013.6 Pts, 2.7 Reb, 2.3 Ast
Isaiah Wong1331026'316.2 Pts, 4.3 Reb, 3.2 Ast
Jordan Miller790126'615.3 Pts, 6.2 Reb, 2.7 Ast
Wooga Poplar670036'58.4 Pts, 3.3 Reb, 1.5 Ast
Norchad Omier1870526'713.1 Pts, 10.0 Reb, 1.3 Ast
Bensley Joseph520116'15.3 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 2.0 Ast
Harlond Beverly910016'53.5 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Anthony Walker210026'92.8 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 0.3 Ast
AJ Casey210016'90.9 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Favour Aire210016'110.6 Pts, 0.6 Reb, 0.0 Ast
Miami 12 Turnovers78352716 

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