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No. 22 Auburn rallies to beat Mississippi St 76-68

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Auburn basketball is on such a roll that guard Bryce Brown is having a hard time keeping track of how many games the Tigers have won in a row.

''It's 14, right?'' Brown asked. ''We're just trying to enjoy this as much as possible.''

Indeed, it's been 14 straight wins for No. 22 Auburn, and the latest 76-68 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday put the Tigers into sole possession of first place in the Southeastern Conference.

This one wasn't easy.

Auburn (16-1, 4-0 SEC) rallied from a 13-point deficit early in the second half to get the hard-fought road win over Mississippi State. Brown led the Tigers with 23 points while Mustapha Heron and Desean Murray both added 14.

It's the program's longest winning streak since the 1999-2000 season, when the Tigers also won 14 in a row. Auburn coach Bruce Pearl is proud of what his team has accomplished so far, but is also trying to guard against complacency.

''We have 14 games left - we could win them all or we could lose them all,'' Pearl said. ''I told the team, the team that wins this league might not be the best team in the league. It's the team that can get ready to play night in and night out.''

Auburn came into the game averaging more than 87 points per game, but struggled to make shots in the opening half. Mississippi State led 35-24 at halftime with Auburn shooting just 26.7 percent from the field.

''Our guys got a little rattled,'' Pearl said. ''We didn't look like a team that had won 13 or 14 in a row. But we were still within range and then at halftime we regrouped and we were accountable.''

The Tigers recovered, hitting six of eight 3-point attempts to turn a 13-point deficit into an 11-point lead with 6 minutes left. Brown hit several tough shots during the run and Murray had steals on back-to-back possessions that led to four quick points.

Brown finished 5 of 8 from 3-point range.

''Bryce Brown took over offensively,'' Pearl said. ''He was feeling it.''

Mississippi State (13-4, 1-3) had one more run remaining. Quinndary Weatherspoon made a 4-point play after sinking a 3-pointer while getting fouled and then converting the free throw. That pulled the Bulldogs within 67-65 with 2:58 left but they couldn't get any closer.

''That is a very tough loss and in this league it stings,'' Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said.

Mississippi State was led by Weatherspoon's 14 points. Freshman Abdul Ado had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second straight double-double. Aric Holman had 11 points while Nick Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters both scored 10.

''We've just got to come out better in the second half and not be so nonchalant,'' Quinndary Weatherspoon said. ''We've got to come out like we play in the first half.''

AUBURN ON A ROLL

This is Auburn's first 4-0 start in SEC play since the 2002-03 season. It's the first time the Tigers have won four straight SEC games at any point since a five-game streak in 2009.

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: This one was tough, but Auburn kept rolling with a hard-fought road win. The Tigers showed they can win a difficult road game even when their shots aren't always falling.

Mississippi State: It's a frustrating loss for the Bulldogs, who have now lost three straight. Mississippi State was in control the entire first half, but once Auburn got going the Bulldogs didn't have an answer.

UP NEXT

Auburn travels to face Alabama on Wednesday.

Mississippi State hosts Vanderbilt on Tuesday.

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Key Players
J. Harper
Q. Weatherspoon
29.9 Min. Per Game 29.9
14.4 Pts. Per Game 14.4
4.3 Ast. Per Game 4.3
5.8 Reb. Per Game 5.8
38.0 Field Goal % 49.7
42.9 Three Point % 32.8
82.0 Free Throw % 74.2
+ 2 Nick Weatherspoon made driving layup 9.0
+ 1 Bryce Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 16.0
  Bryce Brown missed 1st of 2 free throws 16.0
  Personal foul on Xavian Stapleton 16.0
  Defensive rebound by Bryce Brown 18.0
  Nick Weatherspoon missed 3-pt. jump shot 20.0
+ 1 Jared Harper made 2nd of 2 free throws 29.0
+ 1 Jared Harper made 1st of 2 free throws 29.0
  Personal foul on Abdul Ado 29.0
  Defensive rebound by Jared Harper 29.0
  Quinndary Weatherspoon missed 3-pt. jump shot 31.0
Team Stats
Points 76 68
Field Goals 21-60 (35.0%) 24-59 (40.7%)
3-Pointers 9-21 (42.9%) 5-23 (21.7%)
Free Throws 25-32 (78.1%) 15-22 (68.2%)
Total Rebounds 39 42
Offensive 9 8
Defensive 28 29
Team 2 5
Assists 8 10
Steals 7 3
Blocks 3 8
Turnovers 6 11
Fouls 19 24
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 2 REB, 1 AST
14 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 22 Auburn 16-1 245276
home team logo Miss. State 13-4 353368
Team Stats
away team logo 22 Auburn 16-1 84.9 PPG 41.4 RPG 14.9 APG
home team logo Miss. State 13-4 75.4 PPG 40.2 RPG 13.8 APG
Key Players
2
B. Brown G 16.4 PPG 2.1 RPG 1.7 APG 41.0 FG%
11
Q. Weatherspoon G 14.8 PPG 6.0 RPG 3.7 APG 49.8 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Brown G 23 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
Q. Weatherspoon G 14 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
35.0 FG% 40.7
42.9 3PT FG% 21.7
78.1 FT% 68.2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Brown 33 23 2 1 1 0 0 2 6/13 5/8 6/8 0 2
D. Murray 26 14 9 0 3 1 1 3 3/10 1/3 7/8 3 6
M. Heron 29 14 5 0 1 0 2 1 5/13 0/4 4/6 1 4
J. Harper 29 12 4 4 1 0 2 3 2/7 1/3 7/7 0 4
A. McLemore 12 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
B. Brown 33 23 2 1 1 0 0 2 6/13 5/8 6/8 0 2
D. Murray 26 14 9 0 3 1 1 3 3/10 1/3 7/8 3 6
M. Heron 29 14 5 0 1 0 2 1 5/13 0/4 4/6 1 4
J. Harper 29 12 4 4 1 0 2 3 2/7 1/3 7/7 0 4
A. McLemore 12 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Dunbar 11 8 3 0 0 0 0 1 3/6 2/3 0/0 0 3
D. Mitchell 18 2 3 1 0 0 0 3 1/4 0/0 0/0 1 2
C. Okeke 17 2 5 0 0 0 0 2 1/4 0/0 0/1 3 2
H. Spencer 25 1 5 2 1 1 0 3 0/2 0/0 1/2 1 4
P. Keim - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Blackstock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Macoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Purifoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Easterling - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Collier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 76 37 8 7 3 6 19 21/60 9/21 25/32 9 28
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 33 14 4 3 0 1 2 4 5/13 2/7 2/2 0 4
A. Holman 29 11 6 0 0 2 2 3 4/9 1/3 2/2 1 5
A. Ado 31 10 11 0 2 2 1 3 4/5 0/0 2/4 3 8
N. Weatherspoon 28 10 3 3 0 0 0 4 3/10 0/3 4/6 0 3
T. Carter 23 7 3 0 0 0 1 1 3/8 1/5 0/0 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 33 14 4 3 0 1 2 4 5/13 2/7 2/2 0 4
A. Holman 29 11 6 0 0 2 2 3 4/9 1/3 2/2 1 5
A. Ado 31 10 11 0 2 2 1 3 4/5 0/0 2/4 3 8
N. Weatherspoon 28 10 3 3 0 0 0 4 3/10 0/3 4/6 0 3
T. Carter 23 7 3 0 0 0 1 1 3/8 1/5 0/0 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Peters 21 10 3 1 1 1 4 5 4/7 1/2 1/2 1 2
X. Stapleton 19 4 5 0 0 1 0 2 0/4 0/3 4/6 1 4
E. Datcher 8 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 0
E. Wright 8 0 1 2 0 0 1 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 1 0
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Herard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Singleton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clayton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feazell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Storm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 68 37 10 3 8 11 24 24/59 5/23 15/22 8 29