Brian Bryant banked in a two foot shot from the left of the lane as time expired in overtime to give Mississippi State a 69-67 win over USC on Senior Night at the Colonial Life Arena. Bryant took an in bounds pass from Dee Boss along the baseline and drove in for the winning shot. State got the last possession after Bruce Ellington stepped on the end line after coming up with a steal.
AUDIO: Darrin Horn post game press conference
AUDIO: Rick Stansbury, Brian Bryant & Arnett Moultrie post game press conference
USC had a 60-58 lead with :24 left in regulation after Anthony Gill canned to free throws. State tied the game with :10 to play on a pair of free throws by Arnett Moultrie. The Gamecocks got the final shot of regulation and Ellington missed a short jumper.
Ellington led the Gamecocks with 17 points. Damontre Harris added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Bryant led the Bulldogs with 16.
AUDIO: Damontre Harris & Malik Cooke post game news conference
USC falls to 10-19 and 2-13 in the SEC. The Gamecocks have lost their last four games and nine of their last ten. The Gamecocks conclude the regular season Saturday at Georgia. Mississippi State, which broke a five game losing streak, improves to 20-10 and 7-8 in league play. The Bulldogs host Arkansas Saturday.