MANHATTAN, Kan. — Texas Southern won at Kansas State 58-56 in dramatic fashion Sunday evening.
KSU led by four, 56-52, with 3.8 seconds left and the unthinkable happened.
Kansas State fouled Texas Southern’s Tonnie Collier on a three-pointer with 3.8 seconds left.
Collier made the first two free throws, then missed the third, allowing the Tigers to get the put-back and tie the game up.
This gave KSU a chance to inbound the ball with 0.9 seconds remaining and throw up a desperation heave to avoid overtime.
However, the Wildcats threw the ball out of bounds untouched on the inbound pass, giving the Tigers a chance to win it from its own end.
TSU’s Jason Carter got the inbound pass and scored in the paint as time expired to win the game giving the Tigers their second win over 2014 NCAA tournament teams in eight days.
Texas Southern beat then-No. 25 Michigan State 71-64 on Dec. 20.
Thomas and Gibbs scored 15 apiece for Texas Southern.
Marcus Foster scored 17 points and three assists, Nino Williams added 11 points and five rebounds for K. State, which darted out to a 9-0 lead in the first 4 minutes.
For the majority of the first half it was all Wildcats, led by Foster and his trio of three pointers.
After making 2-of-9 shots to start the game, TSU trailed by as many as 11 before closing the first half with an 8-3 run.
The Tigers trailed 31-23 at halftime.
A three-point play by Thomas with 17:32 to play gave the Tigers their first lead of the game, 28-27.
A jumper by Gibbs gave Texas Southern its biggest lead of the game, 43-36, midway through the second half, but Kansas State scored 12 in a row and didn’t trail again until Carter nailed the buzzer-beater fro TSU.
Prior to Sunday’s game, the Wildcats had won 38 straight home games during the month of December dating back to 2004.
TSU is now 1-1 on the season against Big 12 opponents.
The Tigers lost to Baylor back on Dec. 1.
Texas Southern’s 3-9 record includes a pair of wins over No. 25 Michigan State and Kansas State not to mention a one point loss at Auburn.