Wall leads Kentucky past Miss. St. 81-75 in OT

Wall leads Kentucky past Miss. St. 81-75 in OT

Wall leads Kentucky past Miss. St. 81-75 in OT

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by Chris Talbott

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 17, 2010 at 12:57 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- John Wall scored 18 points, including five in overtime, and came within two assists of a triple-double to lead No. 2 Kentucky to an 81-75 victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night.

Wall's three-point play opened the scoring in overtime, then he added two free throws and blocked Dee Bost's layup attempt with 36 seconds left to push the Wildcats (25-1, 10-1 Southeastern Conference) to their sixth straight win and snap a three-game losing streak to the Bulldogs (18-8, 6-5).

DeMarcus Cousins and Patrick Patterson both scored 19 points. Wall had 10 rebounds and eight assists.

Kentucky trailed 67-60 with 3 minutes left, but scored the final seven points of regulation, the last two on Patterson's 15-foot jumper that tied it at 72.

Bost scored 22 points for Mississippi State, which was without its leading scorer, Ravern Johnson, who was suspended before the game.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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