KSU security overwhelmed by over-excited fans after Sunflower Showdown victory
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — When the buzzer sounded, and the Wildcats’ victory against rival KU was sealed, fans of the Wildcats stormed the court, quickly overwhelming security, who then rushed in to secure the Jayhawk team and coaching staff.
Kansas State University officials say they are reviewing video of the post-game to see what actions, if any, they should take against fans who violated security policies.
ESPN reports that in some of the video, several students appeared to intentionally jump into Kansas players. Another fan was caught running and then slamming into Kansas forward Jamari Traylor.
The Wildcats had lost seven of their last eight games amid suspensions and strife, and it appears a lock that their string of eight straight 20-win seasons will end. But at least for one night, against their biggest foil, they looked like a Top 25 team in their own right, and the reason for they were in a storming, celebratory mood.
The Jayhawks (22-6, 11-4) trudged off the court as students poured from the stands into a mad pile, celebrating the biggest highlight of what has been a dreary season in Manhattan.
Nigel Johnson scored a career-high 20 points, Nino Williams hit a clinching jumper in the final minute and Kansas State rallied to beat eighth-ranked Kansas 70-63 on Monday night.
Williams finished with 15 points in his final regular-season game against the Jayhawks, and Thomas Gipson added 12 points as the Wildcats (14-15, 7-9 Big 12) overcame an eight-point, second-half deficit to beat their bitter rival for only the fifth time in the past 54 meetings.