Markquis Nowell carries K-State past Michigan St. to Elite Eight

NEW YORK — Kansas State’s Harlem-raised players reveled in the bright lights of Madison Square Garden. Thanks to them, the Wildcats are heading to the Elite Eight.Fighting through a second-half ankle injury, Markquis Nowell put up 20 points and an NCAA Tournament-record 19 assists to lead third-seeded Kansas State to a 98-93 overtime victory over seventh-seeded Michigan State on Thursday in East Region action.Nowell fed Keyontae Johnson (22 points) an alley-oop pass, and Johnson’s two-handed reverse slam pushed the Wildcats ahead 94-92 with 52 seconds left in overtime. Malik Hall got to the line for the Spartans and missed the second of two foul shots.On a baseline out-of-bounds play, Nowell hit Ismael Massoud for a corner jumper with 17 seconds left. On the Spartans’ last play, Nowell slapped the ball away from Tyson Walker and added a triumphant layup at the buzzer.Nowell, Massoud and Nae’Qwan Tomlin all hail from Harlem, the famed neighborhood in Upper Manhattan. Massoud shot 4 of 6 from 3-point range and scored 15 points, and Tomlin added 11 points and seven rebounds for Kansas State (26-9).The Wildcats are headed to their third Elite Eight since 2010. They are one win away from reaching their first Final Four since 1964 and the fifth in program history.Cam Carter scored 12 points and David N’Guessan added 11 for the Wildcats.A.J. Hoggard scored 18 of his game-high 25 points after halftime to lead Michigan State (21-13). Joey Hauser posted 18 points, Walker had 16, Jaden Akins added 14 and Malik Hall had 13.The second half saw seven ties and 10 lead changes. Tomlin waltzed in for a layup thanks to Michigan State’s defensive miscommunication to make it 77-70 with 4:45 to play.