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Kentucky rides Allen eruption in win over Mississippi St. 78-73 in double OT

It was Kentucky’s (2-6, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) first win since its season opener the day before Thanksgiving.

STARKVILLE, Miss — Freshman Dontaie Allen scored a career-high 23 points with seven 3-pointers and Kentucky ended its six-game skid beating Mississippi State 78-73 in double overtime Saturday night.

Allen finished 7-for-11 shooting from beyond the arc and 8-for-14 overall.

Olivier Sarr’s 3 to start the second overtime gave the Wildcats the lead for good.

Iverson Molinar missed a contested 3 at the buzzer to send it to a second overtime. The Wildcats missed three shots on their final possession to force the first extra session.

Kentucky coach John Calipari was ejected after being issued consecutive technical fouls with 9:04 left in regulation and the Wildcats down 52-46 following Molinar’s jump shot. Allen sank 5 of his 3s following Calipari’s ejection.

Allen entered the contest having scored just a pair of baskets in 20 minutes of action prior to Saturday.

It was Kentucky’s (2-6, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) first win since its season opener the day before Thanksgiving.

D.J. Stewart Jr. led the Bulldogs (6-4, 1-1) with 19 points.

Credit: AP
Kentucky head coach John Calipari, right, is escorted from the floor after being tossed out by officials in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss., Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

FOR THE RECORD

Kentucky is now 10-2 in SEC openers under Calipari and 9-3 under Calipari in the first SEC road game of the year. The Wildcats now are 68-19 all-time in SEC openers.

Kentucky is 15-0 vs. the Bulldogs under Calipari, and Calipari is 16-0 in his career vs. Mississippi State.

UP NEXT

Kentucky: Faces Vanderbilt in Lexington on Tuesday.

Mississippi St: Hosts No. 12-ranked Missouri on Tuesday.

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