CASPER, Wyo. (AP) -- Reggie Miller. Tracy McGrady. Fred Peete?
Peete stole an inbound pass, then scored eight points in the
last 41 seconds, including a spinning layup with 1 second left to
lift Kansas State to a 64-61 come-from-behind victory over Wyoming
Saturday night in the Wyoming Shootout.
"I don't know that I've ever ben in a game like this, where
everything had to go just right," Kansas State coach Jim Woolridge
The Wildcats (6-0) were down 58-53 with 1:14 left when Peete
stole an inbound pass and called time-out while falling out of
bounds. Lance Harris hit a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession to
pull Kansas State within 58-56.
Peete's 3-pointer from the left wing tied the game with 25
seconds left; in the final seconds Peete recovered a long rebound
and ran it the length of the court, spinning around Sherrell, who
fouled him on the shot.
"I penetrated, and when I saw their big man cut me off I spun
back to the basket and got fouled," Peete said. "I just knew that
we needed points. We needed to score."
Peete's spinning scoop shot bounced in, and hiss free throw made
Peete's feat was reminiscent of Miller's miracle against the New
York Knicks in 1995, when he scored eight points in the final 8.9
seconds to send the Indiana Pacers to a 107-105 win in Game 1 of
the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Thursday night, McGrady scored 13 points in the last 35 seconds,
including a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left, to lift
the Houston Rockets to an 81-80 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Alex Dunn's last-second shot at the other end missed as the
Wyoming coach Steve McClain blamed himself for the loss, saying
he should have called a time-out after Peete's 3-pointer to draw up
a final play.
"I should have took a time-out. That's my fault," McClain
said. "I ask them to be accountable, I should have to be
accountable. I should have taken a time-out to make sure we got the
Peete finished with a career-high 24 points to lead the
Wildcats. Harris scored 12, and Marques Hayden had 10.
Jay Straight scored 17 for Wyoming; Sherrell had 15, and Dunn
Wyoming pulled ahead in the first half on the strength of its
3-point shooting. Straight hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with
9:27 left to for a 21-18 lead, and the Cowboys never trailed the
rest of the half.
The Cowboys hit six of 15 3-point tries in the first half and
led 32-30 at halftime.