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posted: 3/15/2010 12:01 AM

Kentucky needs overtime to beat Mississippi State

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  • Freshman forward DeMarcus Cousins helped Kentucky get to overtime in the SEC title game Sunday, and guard John Wall led the Wildcats to victory.

      Freshman forward DeMarcus Cousins helped Kentucky get to overtime in the SEC title game Sunday, and guard John Wall led the Wildcats to victory.
    Associated Press

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - 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.

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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 overtime.

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