Rolando Blackman, held in check most of the way, put Kansas State ahead to stay with a follows hot with 2:19 remaining as the Wildcats rallied past the University of San Francisco, 64-60, last night in a first-round NCAA Western Regional playoff in Los Angeles.
The Wildcats (22-8) will play second-ranked Oregon State (26-1) in a second-round game Saturday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion.
Blackman, who averaged 15.1 points for the Big Eight team during the regular season, had only four points when he put in the go-ahead field goal that made the score 60-59. It was the first time Kansas State led since the opening minutes.
A lay-up by Blackman with 1:07 to go made it 62-59. A foul shot by USF's Wallace Bryant with 54 seconds left narrowed the deficit to two points.
The Dons had two chances to tie later, but turned the ball over the first time, and with five seconds to go, Quintin Dailey missed a 10-foot jump shot. Kansas State rebounded and the Wildcats' Eduardo Galvao made two foul shots after time had run out.
Dailey led the Dons (24-7) with 20 points and Bryant had 15. John Hegwood scored USF's first eight points but was scoreless after that. He led his team in rebounding with nine.
Forward Randy Reed paced Kansas State with 24 points, 15 of them in the second half. Reserve center Les Craft was the only other Wildcat in double figures, with 10 points, and he led his team in rebounding with six