The Associated Press
Kentucky’s Patrick Patterson, right, shoots over Georgia’s Trey Thompkins, a Wesleyan grad, at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - John Wall scored seven of his 15 points
in overtime, and No. 2 Kentucky rallied from five down with 2:28
left in regulation to beat Mississippi State 75-74 on Sunday for
the Wildcats' 26th Southeastern Conference tournament championship.
The Wildcats (32-2) blew earlier chances with their fabulous
freshmen Wall and DeMarcus Cousins missing free throws and making
youthful mistakes. But they came through at the end as Cousins'
layup off Wall's missed 3-pointer from the right corner beat the
regulation buzzer to give them some extra time.
Now Kentucky can celebrate its first SEC tournament title since
2004, ending an interminable drought for their fans.
Mississippi State (23-11) lost for the second time to the
Wildcats this season after leading late in regulation. The Bulldogs
blew a seven-point lead on Feb. 16, and lost that game 81-75 in