Isaac Humphries’ aggressive celebration quickly led to regret in Kentucky’s 79-77 overtime loss at Texas A&M on Saturday night.
The 7-footer had just snagged a loose ball to give his Wildcats possession with 9.4 seconds remaining in the extra period. Up one, it looked as if Kentucky would win its third straight overtime game between the teams at College Station.
That’s when the contest switched gears from “exciting” to “classic.”
Following a foul by the Aggies, Humphries slammed the ball on the floor. The momentarily lapse in judgment resulted in a technical foul that allowed Texas A&M to go up by one point.
Here's what likely cost Kentucky the game tonight: https://t.co/YckfxBnRZj
— Alex Martin Smith (@asmiff) February 21, 2016
Due to the technical foul being his fifth personal of the game, Humphries was disqualified from shooting his free throws on the other end.
Skal Labissiere hit the first but missed the second, and Aggies freshman Tyler Davis tossed in a putback layup at the buzzer to give Texas A&M a huge win.
Afterwards, coach John Calipari was not upset with Humphries.
“I’m not mad at that kid,” he said (via CoachCal.com). “You kidding me? Great kid.”
The Wildcats will need help from Humphries moving forward. Senior post Alex Poythress is still out with a right knee injury, and junior Derek Willis went down with an ugly ankle injury on Saturday.
Kentucky hosts Alabama on Tuesday night (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).
I will learn from this #BBN
— Isaac Humphries (@IsaacHumphries7) February 21, 2016