Johnson leads No. 5 K-State past previous group
MANHATTAN, Kan.– Keyontae Johnson collected with a few of his old Florida teammates after leading No. 5 Kansas State to a 64-50 win over the Gators on Saturday night, the group smiling for some electronic cameras for a picture he’ll no doubt cherish.Because of not just what Johnson had been through but how the Wildcats had performed.Johnson had 13 points and 11 rebounds in an emotional matchup with the Gators, while Markquis Nowell flirted with the first triple-double in Kanas State history, assisting the Wildcats to a dominant 64-50 triumph in the Huge 12-SEC Challenge.Johnson had a hard time mightily from the field, going simply 5-of-16 and even getting stuffed at the front of the rim throughout a windmill dunk on a second-half fast break. But it was nonetheless a special night for the senior forward, who collapsed on the Gators’sideline throughout a game against Florida State just over two years ago.Johnson invested 10 days in the healthcare facility and never ever played another significant minute for Florida, whose medical staff would not clear him
. He wound up at Kansas State, where physicians provided his heart the thumbs-up, and he has emerged as the Big 12 ′ s third-leading scorer and rebounder while helping the Wildcats to their highest ranking in more than a decade.”It’s an unbelievable memory. You’ll never get that minute back,”he said. “Simply attempting to accept that moment.”Wildcats coach Jerome Tang spoke to Johnson throughout the week about what was certainly an emotional night.” It was truly cool. As a fan, I wished to see
him have a great game. I wanted him to get the win. I believe the team desired him to get the win,”Tang stated.
“We understood it was essential to him, despite the fact that he didn’t make a big offer of it. “