NCAAB Game Recap - Mississippi State at Georgia
Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:30 PM EST

UNC
88
Duke
72
F
Nev
57
SDSU
65
F
Rut
60
MSU
71
F
Butl
69
Marq
79
F
Fla
82
LSU
77
F(OT)
Vill
73
GTown
85
F
Lou
49
Syr
69
F
MisSt
68
UGA
67
F
N AL
76
KennSt
61
F
Tul
76
Mem
102
F
Lipsco
61
FlGlf
67
F
Stetsn
77
NJIT
82
F
LaSal
60
StBon
62
F
Xav
70
Seton
69
F
BC
80
NCSU
89
F(OT)
Army
81
Leh
91
F
Amer
68
Lafy
70
F
NFla
80
Jacksn
73
F(OT)
UMass
67
GrgWas
79
F
Evans
58
LoyIL
70
F
Ford
69
Rich
72
F
IlSt
50
IndSt
73
F
TXAMC
65
SFA
55
F
Nich
74
SamH
84
F(OT)
CenAR
75
McNee
83
F(OT)
Lamar
76
InWor
58
F
SeLA
68
NOrl
89
F
NWSt
54
HBU
92
F
Denv
45
SDak
72
F
W IL
63
NebOm
77
F
NrthIA
63
MOSt
43
F
SIU
52
Valpa
55
F
StJon
59
Prov
78
F
NW
49
OhSt
63
F
Ark
56
Aub
79
F
Stan
62
AzSt
80
F
WichSt
81
Tuls
60
F
Pitt
65
GaTec
73
F
Crei
79
DeP
67
F
Colora
74
WaSt
76
F
ColSt
91
SJSU
70
F
CSNor
78
LongB
80
F
AF
64
Fres
61
F
Utah
45
Wash
62
F
NM
55
UtSt
71
F
Navy
LoyMD
PPD

Feb 20, 2019, 6:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Mississippi State (19-7)

36

32

68

Georgia (10-16)

25

42

67

Weatherspoon's late FT lifts Mississippi State past Georgia
Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:01 PM

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) A small stuffed bulldog toy tossed onto the court with the game tied and 0.5 seconds remaining was just the break Quinndary Weatherspoon and Mississippi State needed.

Weatherspoon was already at the free-throw line before officials penalized Georgia with a technical foul for the fan's action. Weatherspoon was given another free throw - and all the cushion he would need.

Weatherspoon sank one of three free throws with the game on the line, giving him a career-high 31 points and lifting Mississippi State to a 68-67 win over Georgia on Wednesday night.

Georgia coach Tom Crean was upset the technical foul was called with no warning. He rushed to the scorer's table, grabbed a microphone and asked fans to refrain from throwing objects onto the court. It was too late to save Georgia from the technical foul.

"I've never seen that, not without a warning and certainly without an explanation," Crean said.

With the game tied at 67-all, Weatherspoon was awarded two free throws when fouled by Jordan Harris. He missed his first free throw at about the same time the stuffed bulldog came flying onto the court.

"That was a huge play," said Mississippi State coach Ben Howland. "I can't imagine who did that, but it was not smart. (Weatherspoon) might miss the second one."

Instead, he made the free throw for the technical foul and then intentionally missed his third attempt. Georgia didn't have time to attempt another shot after grabbing the rebound.

"We were really fortunate there at the end to not have to go to OT," Howland said.

The result of the last-second craziness: Mississippi State (19-7, 7-6 Southeastern Conference) boosted its NCAA Tournament hopes while Georgia (10-16, 1-12) suffered its seventh straight loss overall and 11th straight SEC setback.

Tyree Crump sank a tying 3-pointer for Georgia with 9.1 seconds remaining. The shot capped an impressive comeback after the host Bulldogs trailed by 17 points early in the second half.

Georgia led 24-20 before the visiting Bulldogs closed the first half with a 16-1 run capped by 13 unanswered points. Weatherspoon scored 12 of the 16 points in the stretch over the final 3:19 of the half to give Mississippi State a 36-25 lead.

Mississippi State extended the run to 19-0 by scoring the first six points of the second half, including back-to-back baskets from Weatherspoon. After leading 42-25, Mississippi State played as if the win was assured.

"We ended up just settling down which we just can't do, especially on the road with a good rebounding team like Georgia," said forward Abdul Ado. "We have to do better than that."

Harris led Georgia with 13 points. Rayshaun Hammonds had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

BIG PICTURE

Mississippi State: Weatherspoon dominated the game during his hot stretch late in the first half and early in the second half. He passed Rickey Brown (1977-80) for fourth place on the school's all-time scoring list. He scored at least 20 points for the fifth time in his last six games and has reached double figures in 24 of 26 games this season. His previous career high was 29 points against Missouri on Jan. 25, 2017.

Georgia: Despite their long losing streak in SEC play, the host Bulldogs showed grit with their second-half rally. "We fought back," said Nicolas Claxton, who had nine points and nine rebounds. "We gave it our all."

ROAD WINS

Mississippi State won its third straight SEC road game for the first time since the 2003-04 season.

STILL MISSING

Mississippi State sophomore Nick Weatherspoon missed his second straight game following his suspension on Saturday for a violation of team rules. He was fourth on the team with his average of 9.6 points.

7 AND 11

Georgia has lost seven straight since a win over Texas on Jan. 26. The streak of 11 straight SEC losses is the longest for the Bulldogs since the 1974-75 season.

UP NEXT

Mississippi State visits South Carolina in SEC play on Saturday.

Georgia visits Mississippi on Saturday.

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Leaders

Mississippi State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Feazell 0 0 0 0 0 0
L. Peters 0 0 2 2 2 0
Georgia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Hightower 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Ngumezi 0 0 0 1 0 0

Team Comparison

MisSt UGA
Points For 68 67
Field Goals 25/51-49% 25/60-42%
Three Pointers 7/17-41% 9/25-36%
Free Throws 11/18-61% 8/11-73%
Offensive Rebounds 8 14
Defensive Rebounds 21 21
Rebounds 31 36
Blocks 5 2
Steals 5 5
Turnovers 12 9
Personal Fouls 16 16
Technical Fouls 1 0
Ejections 0 0

2018-2019 Regular Season - MisSt Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Wed Feb 20 MisSt 68 @ UGA 67 A. Holman 2 T. Fagan 2

Game Information

Stadium: Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia
Attendance: 7,153
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