Darryl S. Winston
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This is the roster of the last KSU Big 8 Basketball champions. There a lot of great memories in those names. Evans, Droge, Curtis Redding (part of Jack' NYC Pipeline that would bring us a young Panamanian named Ro Blackmon).
This team also won the inaugural Big 8 tourney over MU. They broke my heart when they lost controversially in the Sweet 16 to eventual Natty Champ Marquette. They had Bo Ellis, and Jerome Whitehead and Buth Lee and a guy named Bernard Toon. Bo Ellis designed their unis and they were unique/controversial because they were designed to NOT be tucked in!
The controversial loss came late when, down three, Evans missed a jumper but Darryl Winston tipped it in and was fouled. But, in that day, a tip in was not considered a controlled shot, so instead of an "and one" Winston got two free throws (which he made). The CATS stole the ball with under 4 seconds left but a desperation heave was way off. 67-66 UM.
The NCAA changed the rule at their spring meeting after the Final Four to allow and one on a tip in.
Would love a piece of that title today.