Kansas State Mar 23, 2023; New York, NY, USA; Members of the Kansas State Wildcats celebrate after defeating the Michigan State Spartans in overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas State Wildcats and Michigan State Spartans played a game for the ages Thursday.

The Wildcats won a wildly entertaining game in overtime, 98-93, to advance to the Elite Eight. Yet while the game will be remembered mainly for the play of one man, Wildcats senior guard Markquis Nowell, many players on both sides had a part in making this a classic.

Both teams shot lights-out all night, with KSU hitting 55.9% from the floor and 45.8% from 3-point range, and Michigan State shooting 49.8% and 52% from long range.

But in the end, Nowell was too much for the Spartans. He dished out an NCAA Tournament record 19 assists and added 20 points to fuel Kansas State’s win.

Michigan State’s Tyson Walker’s driving layup in the closing seconds of regulation forced overtime.

Both teams traded baskets in OT, but the Wildcats took the lead for good with 58 seconds remaining when Nowell found Keyontae Johnson on an alley-oop.

Nowell broke the NCAA Tournament record for assists in a game seconds later when he found Ismael Massoud for a basket on an in-bounds play.

Not done yet, Nowell came up with a loose ball in the closing seconds and scored a layup at the buzzer for the final margin.

College basketball fans were in awe of the game.

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