Ben howland called it the game of the year for the bulldogs two desperate teams battling to stay alive for a ncaa tournament bid to the hump - mississippi state and south carolina looking to keep pace with the pack in the southeastern conference carolina hits first - but msu hits back - off the steal, lamar peters in transition behind the back leaves it for xavian stapleton for 2.
Later - lamar peters gets open on the corner 3.
State got it down to a 4-point game late in the half... but it was the gamecocks that had it working once msu made a run before the half - hassani gravett drilled back to back triples...carolina led 32-25 at the break.
In the 2nd half - the bulldog rally was on - and it was from an unlikely source - eli wright came off the bench and got the hump rocking, here's this floating hoop and the harm.
One minute later - once again it's eli wright, inside gets the basket plus the foul.
It's down to a 2-point game.
And who else but eli wright comes in again with another basket and the foul.
It would be a 1- point game... until nick weatherspoon came up clutch - shot clock winding down, hits the triple.
Msu grabs their first lead of the game late in the 2nd half since they were up 2- 1... with 4 secs left - after lamar peters' two free throws - carolina is down 3, gamecocks push it ahead with gravett and he hits the 3 at the buzzer.
We'd go to overtime.
In ot - tyson carter was big time in the extra session - hitting this 3 to put msu in front in the extra session.
Then with 1 minute to go - lamar peters once more - a team high 19 points with 4 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals... mississippi state rallies from a double digit deficit to win it in overtime, 72-68.
Another win where the bulldogs are growing up and keeping their tourney dreams alive... "....its up for grabs, and we just trying to win out going into the sec tournament, hoping to get a good push, to make the run to the tournament."