Jamont Gordon scored 26 points, including a tying three-pointer after Kentucky squandered a chance to win in regulation with a lane violation, and Mississippi State took advantage for an 84 to 82 overtime victory Friday in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament.
Kentucky overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half and led 75 to 73 when freshman Jodie Meeks stepped to the line for two free throws with five seconds left. He calmly swished the first and was setting up for the second when teammate Sheray Thomas backed out of the lane a split-second after the official flipped the ball to the shooter.
MSU coach Rick Stansbury stormed onto the court to protest, but the officials had already picked up the violation.
Gordon would tie the game at the buzzer and the Dogs went on to win it in overtime.
MSU will face either Vanderbilt or Arkansas in semifinal game Saturday at the Georgia Dome.