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Clemente and Chris Merriewether were hacking away at Holloway (26 points), but no whistle came -- until Holloway, feeling the slaps, heaved up a shot from 30 feet and got the whistle with 5 seconds left. Hit all three free throws -- and the first overtime was on.
"Denis tried to foul beforehand, but the ref didn't see it," Pullen said. "And then Chris went to foul again, and Holloway made a smart play and put the ball up."
K-State's inside team of Curtis Kelly (21 points) and Jamar Samuels (14) did most of the damage in the first OT to make it 87-84 with 18.1 seconds left. But, proving that no three-point lead is safe against Xavier, Crawford spotted up from 35 and made it to force the decisive OT. The sophomore finished with a career-high 32 points.
"When you make a couple of them shots, you do kind of start to think that it's meant to be," Crawford said. "Unfortunately, it didn't happen that way."
Xavier led 93-91 with 1:23 left in the second overtime. Exhausted and in foul trouble, the Musketeers had no answer for Pullen at the end. He hit an open 3 from the top of the key for a 94-93 lead with 1:09 left. Jason Love made one of two free throws on the next possession, then Pullen hit the next 3 to make it 97-94.
Pullen and Clemente then combined for four straight free throws over the last 24 seconds to ice the game.
When it was finally over, K-State fans, who made the 1,000-mile trip from Manhattan, Kan., chanted "K-S-U! K-S-U!" Love stood near the foul line and drooped his head -- dispirited and exhausted, certainly taking little consolation that he was part of an instant classic.
A game that nonetheless featured 53 fouls, as the refs tried to gain control of a meeting between opponents who were playing for the fourth time in four seasons. The first three were brutal contests that weren't particularly close or fun to watch.
The fourth one -- a masterpiece, especially for Pullen, who played 40 minutes, and Clemente, who played 48 and has less than 48 hours to get ready for Butler.
"I expected it to be a hard-fought game. I didn't expect it to be like this," Martin said. "But they were phenomenal. And our guys were pretty good, too."
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