February 2, 2013

Hickey hits another game-winner

STARKVILLE, Miss., - Last year in Baton Rouge, Mississippi State watched LSU erase a 17-point deficit and went down in defeat on a late basket by Anthony Hickey with three seconds remaining.

It was deja vu for the Bulldogs again on Saturday.

After blowing a once 17-point advantage, MSU was clinging to a one-point lead with 7.9 seconds left in the game. But Hickey drove the length of the floor and tossed in a runner with 1.5 remaining on the clock to lift the Tigers to a 69-68 victory once again.

"It was very exciting," Hickey said. "I made the same play on them the last time we played. Coach just told me to get to the rack. I usually settle for a jump shot but I took coach's advice for a change and it happened out good."

While the final play will be held under a microscope, Bulldog head coach Rick Ray felt like the loss resulted from a culmination of things. State turned the ball over 17 times resulting in 22 points on the other end and also shot just 8-of-20 from the free throw line in the second half.

"The fact is we beat ourselves at the end of the game and that's the thing that's the most disappointing," Ray said. "Our guys continue to play hard and do some of the things we want them to on the defensive end but when you turn the basketball over and then you don't make free throws then you're not giving yourself a chance to win."

During one stretch, the Bulldogs missed seven straight free throws.



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