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Weatherspoon lifts No. 24 Mississippi St over Florida 71-68

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) In need of a key bucket, No. 24 Mississippi State went to old reliable - Quinndary Weatherspoon in crunch time.

Weatherspoon converted a three-point play with 3.4 seconds left to lift the Bulldogs over Florida 71-68 on Tuesday night.

It was the sixth time in his career that Weatherspoon sank the winning shot. He drove the lane and was fouled by Kevarrius Hayes while dropping in the winning layup. Weatherspoon finished with nine points.

''We were supposed to get the ball in, and then me and Lamar (Peters) go back and forth with it,'' Weatherspoon said. ''Lamar broke off the play and got out of the way, and that left me an open lane. I thought it went good, and it gets our confidence back to get back on the right track.''

Peters scored all 16 of his points in the first half, and Tyson Carter added 12 for Mississippi State (13-3, 1-2 Southeastern Conference).

''That was obviously a huge win over a very good team that is very well-coached,'' Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. ''I was very proud of our guys, and I thought we kept our composure so much better in this game than we did last Saturday (against Ole Miss). And Q (Weatherspoon) just seems to have that rare, rare ability to make that play.''

KeVaughn Allen had 17 points for Florida (9-7, 1-3), and Andrew Nembhard had 13 points. Noah Locke had 12 points for the Gators, who had won eight straight against Mississippi State.

Mississippi State shot 53.1 percent from the floor and made 10 of 17 beyond the arc. Florida shot 42.4 percent from the field and made just 10 of 31 shots from deep.

''Our tempo press was effective for 39 and a half minutes,'' Florida coach Mike White said. ''Q made a good play, and we didn't keep him in front. We rotated a little bit late and he finished and made a big play.''

The Bulldogs led 36-34 at halftime and the teams played close throughout the second half. Allen's 3-pointer with 2:55 remaining put the Gators ahead 66-61, but Aric Holman answered with a 3 on the next possession, and Weatherspoon tied it at 66 with a layup with 1:27 left.

Holman and Locke exchanged baskets in the final 24 seconds before Weatherspoon won it with his three-point play.

BIG PICTURE

Florida: The Gators have dropped three of their first four SEC games. The road doesn't get easier with a road trip to Georgia this weekend.

Mississippi State: After losing two closes games to open SEC play, the Bulldogs finally closed out a game thanks to Weatherspoon's heroics.

UP NEXT

Florida travels to Georgia on Saturday.

Mississippi State travels to Vanderbilt on Saturday.

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Key Players
A. Nembhard
2 G
Q. Weatherspoon
11 G
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
17.1 Pts. Per Game 17.1
2.8 Ast. Per Game 2.8
5.7 Reb. Per Game 5.7
36.8 Field Goal % 47.9
31.3 Three Point % 32.7
72.0 Free Throw % 84.2
  30-second timeout called 4.0
+ 1 Quinndary Weatherspoon made free throw 4.0
  Shooting foul on Kevarrius Hayes 6.0
+ 2 Quinndary Weatherspoon made driving layup 3.0
+ 2 Noah Locke made jump shot 6.0
  Lost ball turnover on Aric Holman, stolen by Noah Locke 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Nick Weatherspoon 11.0
  Andrew Nembhard missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Abdul Ado 13.0
+ 2 Aric Holman made layup, assist by Quinndary Weatherspoon 24.0
  Offensive rebound by Mississippi State 30.0
  Lamar Peters missed driving layup, blocked by Kevarrius Hayes 30.0
Team Stats
Points 68 71
Field Goals 25-59 (42.4%) 26-49 (53.1%)
3-Pointers 10-31 (32.3%) 10-17 (58.8%)
Free Throws 8-10 (80.0%) 9-11 (81.8%)
Total Rebounds 29 30
Offensive 12 6
Defensive 16 21
Team 1 3
Assists 18 19
Steals 7 7
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 10 13
Fouls 12 12
Technicals 0 1
17 PTS, 2 REB, 3 AST
16 PTS, 6 AST
12T
away team logo Florida 9-7 343468
home team logo 24 Miss. State 13-3 363571
Team Stats
away team logo Florida 9-7 67.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 12.1 APG
home team logo 24 Miss. State 13-3 77.3 PPG 38.3 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
5
K. Allen G 11.8 PPG 2.8 RPG 2.1 APG 38.9 FG%
2
L. Peters G 11.9 PPG 2.0 RPG 5.2 APG 39.8 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Allen G 17 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
L. Peters G 16 PTS 0 REB 6 AST
42.4 FG% 53.1
32.3 3PT FG% 58.8
80.0 FT% 81.8
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Allen 17 2 3 5/12 3/7 4/4 0 33 1 0 0 0 2
A. Nembhard 13 3 8 6/14 1/8 0/0 1 37 0 0 6 0 3
N. Locke 12 2 1 4/9 1/4 3/4 0 31 1 0 0 0 2
K. Hayes 5 8 2 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 28 2 3 2 6 2
J. Hudson 3 3 1 1/8 1/5 0/0 2 10 0 0 1 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Allen 17 2 3 5/12 3/7 4/4 0 33 1 0 0 0 2
A. Nembhard 13 3 8 6/14 1/8 0/0 1 37 0 0 6 0 3
N. Locke 12 2 1 4/9 1/4 3/4 0 31 1 0 0 0 2
K. Hayes 5 8 2 2/3 0/0 1/2 2 28 2 3 2 6 2
J. Hudson 3 3 1 1/8 1/5 0/0 2 10 0 0 1 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Johnson 11 4 2 4/6 3/4 0/0 3 25 3 0 0 2 2
D. Bassett 4 3 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 12 0 1 0 2 1
D. Ballard 3 1 0 1/3 1/2 0/0 0 10 0 0 0 0 1
K. Stone 0 2 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 2 11 0 0 0 1 1
M. Okauru 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
G. Gak - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Stokes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Fava - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Krause - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 28 18 25/59 10/31 8/10 12 200 7 4 10 12 16
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Peters 16 0 6 5/12 4/8 2/2 3 31 0 0 3 0 0
Q. Weatherspoon 9 5 3 4/8 0/0 1/1 2 33 0 1 3 1 4
N. Weatherspoon 9 5 5 4/7 1/2 0/0 0 33 2 0 2 0 5
A. Ado 4 5 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 25 1 2 1 2 3
R. Woodard II 3 4 2 1/4 0/0 1/2 0 20 3 1 0 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Peters 16 0 6 5/12 4/8 2/2 3 31 0 0 3 0 0
Q. Weatherspoon 9 5 3 4/8 0/0 1/1 2 33 0 1 3 1 4
N. Weatherspoon 9 5 5 4/7 1/2 0/0 0 33 2 0 2 0 5
A. Ado 4 5 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 25 1 2 1 2 3
R. Woodard II 3 4 2 1/4 0/0 1/2 0 20 3 1 0 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Carter 12 2 0 4/7 4/6 0/0 0 17 0 0 1 1 1
A. Holman 10 2 3 4/6 1/1 1/2 1 23 0 0 3 1 1
R. Perry 8 4 0 2/3 0/0 4/4 3 18 1 1 0 0 4
J. Tshisumpa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Datcher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clayton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feazell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Storm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Oduro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Junkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 27 19 26/49 10/17 9/11 12 200 7 5 13 6 21