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Johnson lifts Kansas State past LSU, 61-59 for Cayman title

Kansas City v Kansas State

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 17: Keyontae Johnson #11 of the Kansas State Wildcats grabs a rebound during the first half against the UMKC Kangaroos at Bramlage Coliseum on November 17, 2022 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands - Keyontae Johnson scored 16 points and his jumper with five seconds left allowed Kansas State to remain undefeated and hand LSU its first loss, 61-59 in the championship game of the Cayman Islands Classic on Wednesday night.

Adam Miller gave LSU the lead, 59-57 with his layup with 1:15 left, but Markquis Nowell answered with a jumper with 49 seconds to go. The Tigers’ KJ Williams turned over the ball 15 seconds later, the Wildcats ran the clock down before Johnson took a feed from Desi Sills and buried the winning shot.

Neither team managed a two-possession lead in the final eight minutes. The game was tied three times in the final five minutes and the lead changed hands four times.

Nowell led Kansas State (6-0) with 18 points and Sills contributed 16 points off the bench.

Williams led LSU (5-1) with a double-double, putting up 17 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Justice Hill scored 12 points and Miller contributed 11 points.