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No. 22 Mississippi State tops Clemson 82-71 in New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Mississippi State planted the seeds for its school record of 19 made 3-pointers with some hard work over the summer.

''Our guys, I'm telling you right now, I've never had a team collectively work harder at shooting than our guys did this last offseason,'' coach Ben Howland said.

Lamar Peters scored 28 points and was 8 of 11 from beyond the arc, leading No. 22 Mississippi State to a wire-to-wire 82-71 win over Clemson in the Never Forget Tribute Classic on Saturday.

Quinndary Weatherspoon added 20 points and Aric Holman scored 16 for Mississippi State, which shot 63 percent from 3-point range.

Clemson (6-3) got 23 points from Aamir Simms and 18 points from Elijah Thomas. The Tigers were without their leading scorer, Marcquis Reed, who averages 19.4 points per game. He suffered a knee sprain in the last minute of Clemson's previous game against Saint Peter's on Tuesday.

Weatherspoon's 3-pointer from the top of the key put Mississippi State ahead 74-60 with 6:13 remaining, capping a 9-0 run. Clemson did not get closer than eight points the rest of the way after closing within five points a few times earlier in the second half.

''They really were packing it in today. We were expecting that,'' Howland said. ''They were looking at our 3-point percentage (32 percent) this season, and they thought, `We're going to play off them and pack it in.' And that's what they did. They were going under and around ball screens. You take what the defense gives you. Basically, what the defense was giving us today were 3s.''

The long-range shooting was a surprise to Clemson coach Brad Brownell.

''Obviously, we knew Peters had a great night the other night, but he was shooting poorly going into that. Now that it's two games in a row, it's like, `Holy cow,''' Brownell said. ''Everybody who's going to see it after these two is going to realize, wow, this guy can really shoot it.

''We knew Weatherspoon was better than his stats as well, and he made four. Holman, we thought was streaky, and this was one of those nights where he was on.''

The Bulldogs shot 56 percent (10 of 18) from 3-point range in the first half to take a 42-34 lead. They led by as many 19 points in the half.

BIG PICTURE

Mississippi State connected on 19 of its 30 3-pointers.

Clemson suffered its worst loss of the season. It had lost to Creighton and Nebraska by a combined eight points.

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs are off until next Saturday when they host Wofford.

Clemson has a week off before it hosts Cincinnati next Saturday.

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Key Players
M. Reed
2 G
L. Peters
2 G
27.0 Min. Per Game 27.0
13.4 Pts. Per Game 13.4
5.4 Ast. Per Game 5.4
2.1 Reb. Per Game 2.1
47.0 Field Goal % 47.7
27.0 Three Point % 44.6
83.3 Free Throw % 81.8
+ 1 Trey Jemison made 2nd of 2 free throws 23.0
+ 1 Trey Jemison made 1st of 2 free throws 23.0
  Shooting foul on Lamar Peters 23.0
  Offensive rebound by Trey Jemison 27.0
  Shelton Mitchell missed layup 29.0
  Defensive rebound by Aamir Simms 30.0
  Quinndary Weatherspoon missed free throw 30.0
  Personal foul on Clyde Trapp 30.0
  Defensive rebound by Quinndary Weatherspoon 56.0
  Shelton Mitchell missed 3-pt. jump shot 58.0
+ 1 Lamar Peters made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:09
Team Stats
Points 71 82
Field Goals 27-62 (43.5%) 28-52 (53.8%)
3-Pointers 6-27 (22.2%) 19-30 (63.3%)
Free Throws 11-17 (64.7%) 7-11 (63.6%)
Total Rebounds 32 32
Offensive 10 4
Defensive 14 25
Team 8 3
Assists 15 22
Steals 6 5
Blocks 6 1
Turnovers 9 13
Fouls 12 16
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 4 REB
28 PTS, 2 REB, 5 AST
12T
away team logo Clemson 6-3 343771
home team logo 22 Miss. State 8-1 424082
Team Stats
away team logo Clemson 6-3 73.9 PPG 37.7 RPG 12.9 APG
home team logo 22 Miss. State 8-1 78.2 PPG 40 RPG 16.4 APG
Key Players
25
A. Simms F 11.0 PPG 4.8 RPG 1.0 APG 54.9 FG%
2
L. Peters G 14.1 PPG 2.4 RPG 5.7 APG 45.4 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Simms F 23 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
L. Peters G 28 PTS 2 REB 5 AST
43.5 FG% 53.8
22.2 3PT FG% 63.3
64.7 FT% 63.6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Simms 36 23 4 0 2 2 1 3 9/15 4/9 1/2 1 3
E. Thomas 37 18 8 3 1 3 5 2 8/9 0/0 2/3 2 6
D. Skara 29 12 4 2 0 0 1 0 5/6 1/1 1/2 3 1
S. Mitchell 35 9 3 7 1 0 2 0 3/16 1/8 2/2 1 2
J. Newman III 15 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Simms 36 23 4 0 2 2 1 3 9/15 4/9 1/2 1 3
E. Thomas 37 18 8 3 1 3 5 2 8/9 0/0 2/3 2 6
D. Skara 29 12 4 2 0 0 1 0 5/6 1/1 1/2 3 1
S. Mitchell 35 9 3 7 1 0 2 0 3/16 1/8 2/2 1 2
J. Newman III 15 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
C. Trapp 31 5 1 3 1 1 0 5 1/8 0/5 3/6 0 1
T. Jemison 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 2/2 1 0
H. Tyson 13 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1/5 0/3 0/0 1 1
J. White 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Baehre - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. William - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Fox - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 71 24 15 6 6 9 12 27/62 6/27 11/17 10 14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Peters 28 28 2 5 1 0 3 2 9/13 8/11 2/2 1 1
Q. Weatherspoon 34 20 7 5 1 0 3 0 7/16 4/7 2/5 1 6
A. Holman 29 16 6 1 1 1 4 2 5/8 5/8 1/2 1 5
A. Ado 28 4 3 0 0 0 0 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 3
N. Weatherspoon 32 2 5 6 0 0 1 3 0/3 0/0 2/2 0 5
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
L. Peters 28 28 2 5 1 0 3 2 9/13 8/11 2/2 1 1
Q. Weatherspoon 34 20 7 5 1 0 3 0 7/16 4/7 2/5 1 6
A. Holman 29 16 6 1 1 1 4 2 5/8 5/8 1/2 1 5
A. Ado 28 4 3 0 0 0 0 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 0 3
N. Weatherspoon 32 2 5 6 0 0 1 3 0/3 0/0 2/2 0 5
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Carter 21 8 1 4 2 0 1 0 3/4 2/3 0/0 0 1
K. Feazell 7 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Perry 14 2 5 0 0 0 0 3 1/3 0/1 0/0 1 4
R. Woodard 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Tshisumpa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Datcher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clayton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Storm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Oduro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Junkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 198 82 29 22 5 1 13 16 28/52 19/30 7/11 4 25