ATHENS, Ga. — A small stuffed bulldog toy tossed onto the court docket with the sport tied and 0.5 seconds remaining was simply the break Quinndary Weatherspoon and Mississippi State wanted.
Weatherspoon was already on the free-throw line earlier than officers penalized Georgia with a technical foul for the fan’s motion. Weatherspoon was given one other free throw — and all of the cushion he would want.
Weatherspoon sank one in all three free throws with the sport on the road, giving him a career-high 31 factors and lifting Mississippi State to a 68-67 win over Georgia on Wednesday night time.
Georgia coach Tom Crean was upset the technical foul was known as with no warning. He rushed to the scorer’s desk, grabbed a microphone and requested followers to chorus from throwing objects onto the court docket. It was too late to save lots of Georgia from the technical foul.
“I’ve by no means seen that, not with no warning and definitely with out a proof,” Crean stated.
With the sport tied at 67-all, Weatherspoon was awarded two free throws when fouled by Jordan Harris. He missed his first free throw at about the identical time the stuffed bulldog got here flying onto the court docket.
“That was an enormous play,” stated Mississippi State coach Ben Howland. “I am unable to think about who did that, but it surely was not sensible. (Weatherspoon) may miss the second.”
As a substitute, he made the free throw for the technical foul after which deliberately missed his third try. Georgia did not have time to aim one other shot after grabbing the rebound.
“We had been actually lucky there on the finish to not need to go to OT,” Howland stated.
The results of the last-second craziness: Mississippi State (19-7, 7-6 Southeastern Convention) boosted its NCAA Event hopes whereas Georgia (10-16, 1-12) suffered its seventh straight loss total and 11th straight SEC setback.
Tyree Crump sank a tying 3-pointer for Georgia with 9.1 seconds remaining. The shot capped a powerful comeback after the host Bulldogs trailed by 17 factors early within the second half.
Georgia led 24-20 earlier than the visiting Bulldogs closed the primary half with a 16-1 run capped by 13 unanswered factors. Weatherspoon scored 12 of the 16 factors within the stretch over the ultimate 3:19 of the half to provide Mississippi State a 36-25 lead.
Mississippi State prolonged the run to 19-Zero by scoring the primary six factors of the second half, together with back-to-back baskets from Weatherspoon. After main 42-25, Mississippi State performed as if the win was assured.
“We ended up simply settling down which we simply cannot do, particularly on the highway with rebounding crew like Georgia,” stated ahead Abdul Ado. “We now have to do higher than that.”
Harris led Georgia with 13 factors. Rayshaun Hammonds had 12 factors and 10 rebounds.
Mississippi State: Weatherspoon dominated the sport throughout his scorching stretch late within the first half and early within the second half. He handed Rickey Brown (1977-80) for fourth place on the college’s all-time scoring record. He scored at the least 20 factors for the fifth time in his final six video games and has reached double figures in 24 of 26 video games this season. His earlier profession excessive was 29 factors towards Missouri on Jan. 25, 2017.
Georgia: Regardless of their lengthy dropping streak in SEC play, the host Bulldogs confirmed grit with their second-half rally. “We fought again,” stated Nicolas Claxton, who had 9 factors and 9 rebounds. “We gave it our all.”
Mississippi State gained its third straight SEC highway recreation for the primary time because the 2003-04 season.
Mississippi State sophomore Nick Weatherspoon missed his second straight recreation following his suspension on Saturday for a violation of crew guidelines. He was fourth on the crew along with his common of 9.6 factors.
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Georgia has misplaced seven straight since a win over Texas on Jan. 26. The streak of 11 straight SEC losses is the longest for the Bulldogs because the 1974-75 season.
Mississippi State visits South Carolina in SEC play on Saturday.
Georgia visits Mississippi on Saturday.
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