Faced with a four-point deficit with 15 seconds remaining, most college basketball teams would have a hard time forcing overtime much less finding a way to win the game. However in Manhattan, Kansas, Mike Davis’ Texas Southern Tigers pulled off a comeback that will go down as one of the most stunning in college basketball this season, with some help from the Kansas State Wildcats.
Texas Southern, the preseason favorites to win the SWAC, scored six points in the final 3.8 seconds to knock off Kansas State by the final score of 58-56 with Jason Carter’s shot as time expired being the difference.
Texas Southern found itself in position to win the game thanks in part to some poor foul shooting by Kansas State, which made just two of its final eight free throws. During that period Chris Thomas and Maradarious Gibbs both made baskets, with Gibbs’ layup pulling the Tigers to within three with just over 18 seconds remaining (55-52). A Nino Williams free throw increased Kansas State’s lead to four, but then Jevon Thomas made the mistake of fouling Tonnie Collier on a three-point shot with 3.8 seconds to go.
Collier made the first two and intentionally missed the third, with Thomas collecting the rebound and scoring with nine tenths of a second remaining to tie the game at 56. Overtime looked to be likely…until Kansas State rifled the inbounds pass out of bounds without anyone touching it. That gave Texas Southern one final possession under their basket and Gibbs found Carter, who scored over Williams as time expired.
The clock operator didn’t do Kansas State any favors when it comes to starting the clock on time, but after review (and the use of a stopwatch) the officials ruled that the shot counted. Texas Southern has won two of its last three games against power conference opposition, as they won at then-No. 25 Michigan State December 20 and lost by a point at Auburn December 23.
Vine credit: Brian Goodman