In a game that could only be written up by the writers in Hollywood, Harlem-native Markquis Nowell had himself one of the more iconic performances in one of the more iconic venues in the NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament held at Madison Square Garden.
Nowell who made history in having an NCAA Tournament record with 19 assist in being the heart and soul leader of Kansas State in the 98-83 overtime victory. For the first ever OT game in the NCAA Tournament, the night was an action packed one that will be fit for the big screen.
Showing off great speed and passing ability, Nowell was able to do it all on the floor from offense to defense in helping to lead the Wildcats to victory. There was a brief scary sight for Markquis who twisted his ankle, thankfully he was taped up and returned to action barely even missing a beat.
One of the more phenomenal things was the court vision that Markquis had during the course of the game, as he was able to draw defenders and finding his teammates. It seemed as if on every possession that Kansas State had, he was able to make the right play at the right time.
For Nowell this is the first time that he has ever played at Madison Square Garden, and he made things a memorable one. The night included a last minute steal and layup the sealed the game for the Wildcats.
New York was definitely represented well on the Kansas State team, as Junior Forward Ismael Massoud had a 15 point night, and fellow Junior Nae’Qwan Tomlin had 11 points.
Massoud had himself a memorable night having 4-of-6 shots from beyond the arc, with one of the more memorable shots being a fadeaway jumper that was drained in overtime.
Michigan State also had a New York Connection as Senior Guard Tyson Walker, who graduated from Christ the King High School had 16 points as one of the leaders for the team.
With the victory the Wildcats were able to advance to the Elite Eight for the 13th time in their history. They are now waiting the winner of the Tennessee and Florida Atlanta game that is also happening today.
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