LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – No. 12 Kentucky needed an extra five minutes to get past Mississippi State, but Kellan Grady rose to the occasion in overtime to propel the Wildcats past the Bulldogs 82-74. With the win, Cats head coach John Calipari notched his 800th career victory.
Oscar Tshiebwe had another monster game, scoring 21 points and grabbing 22 rebounds, while Kellan Grady was clutch in the extra period, scoring eight straight points to give Kentucky (16-4, 6-2 SEC) the cushion it needed to get past the Mississippi State (13-6, 4-3 SEC).
Kentucky led 53-38 with 12 minutes to go, but the Bulldogs never faded. Iverson Molinar scored 22 of his 30 points in the second half to put Mississippi State in upset bid territory. Sahvir Wheeler scored 15 points and added six assists, manning the backcourt without TyTy Washington Jr., who sat tonight with an ankle injury.
Much like Kansas the night before, Kentucky avoids a let down before their Big 12/SEC showdown on Saturday night.
The Wildcats will take on the No. 5 Jayhawks Saturday night in Kansas at 6:00 p.m. ET.