ATLANTA (AP) - Jamont Gordon scored 26 points, including a tying three-pointer after Kentucky squandered a chance to win in regulation with a lane violation, and Mississippi State took advantage for an 84-82 overtime victory Friday in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament.
Kentucky (21-11) overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half and led 75-to-73 when freshman Jodie Meeks stepped to the line for two free throws with five-point-one seconds left. He calmly swished the first and was setting up for the second when teammate Sheray Thomas backed out of the lane a split-second after the official flipped the ball to the shooter.
Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury stormed onto the court to protest, but the officials has already picked up the unusual violation. They cut off Stansbury near midcourt, wiped out Meeks' second free throw and awarded possession to the Bulldogs (18-12).
Gordon took the inbounds pass and raced up court, slipping away from the defender with a cross-over dribble and launching a shot from at least two feet behind the arc. The ball hit nothing but net as the buzzer went off, sending the game to overtime tied at 76.
The, in overtime, Barry Stewart rolled in a fastbreak shot for an 83-to-82 lead despite being fouled by Randolph Morris with 24-point-seven seconds to go.
Stewart missed the free throw, giving Kentucky another chance to escape with a win. But Joe Crawford's driving shot was blocked by
Richard Delk, Stewart claimed the rebound and was fouled with
three-point-seven seconds left.
Morris led Kentucky with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Crawford had
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