STARKVILLE, Miss. (WLOX) - A prime opportunity for Mississippi State slipped away on Saturday, as the Bulldogs suffered their 15th straight loss to Kentucky.
John Calipari was ejected in the second half when the Bulldogs led 53-46, but Kentucky closed the gap and eventually forced overtime. In the overtime period, Iverson Molinar missed a potential game-winning shot, which forced double-overtime.
From there, Kentucky jumped all over the Bulldogs, scoring eight points in two and a half minutes to put the game away.
“We got up by nine and then had three turnovers in a row that led to layups on the other end. Our turnovers that we had tonight, which was 16 - way too many - I bet you six or seven of them ended up being layups or dunks,” head coach Ben Howland said. “When I look at overtime, we didn’t do a good job executing the last play with 16 seconds. We didn’t even get a good shot off. We have to do a better job of executing in those situations in those types of games, and that’s my fault.”