Wildcats escape OT trap in Starkville

8TB6_MSU_primary_logoBy Logan Lowery

Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Kentucky beat Mississippi State by 53 last season in Lexington.

It took a last-second free throw by the 12th ranked Wildcats to send Thursday’s game into overtime tied at 66. Kentucky went on to escape, 81-74.

“You have to execute the little things to beat a great team like Kentucky,” said MSU coach Vic Schaefer. “This was our night to win. That team has some really good wins of late. They are a good basketball team and we should’ve beat them tonight, bottom line.

“They are fortunate to get out of here but they made one more play than we made tonight.”

Shamarie Walker hit a tying free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

MSU’s leading scorers in regulation – Kendra Grant and Savannah Carter – both fouled out before the overtime period. Breanna Richardson scored six of the Bulldogs’ eight points in overtime to finish with a team-high 17.

It was the third consecutive overtime game for MSU(18-11, 5-10), which won one of those.

Grant finished with 13 points while Carter and Jerica James added 11. Martha Alwal had 12 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.

Kentucky (21-7, 9-6) got 20 points in the win from Bria Goss and 16 points and 20 rebounds from DeNesha Stallworth.

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