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No. 22 Mississippi St rallies past No. 16 Auburn 92-84

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Quinndary Weatherspoon had one of his best games of the season when Mississippi State had to have it, tying a season high with 27 points in the No. 22 Bulldogs' 92-84 victory over No. 16 Auburn on Saturday night.

But the senior didn't want to talk about his performance, focusing instead on the team's overall stats like 51 percent shooting and 20 assists on 28 field goals.

''We were playing as a team,'' Weatherspoon said. ''I'm excited about that and I'm excited about the win.''

The Bulldogs did get contributions from all over the roster, but it was the 6-foot-4 Weatherspoon who hit a big share of the clutch shots in the second half when Mississippi State went on its decisive run. The senior - who has more than 1,700 career points - finished 6 of 9 from the field and 11 of 11 on free throws.

Lamar Peters added 16 points and 10 assists.

''I just wanted to let the game come to me,'' Peters said. ''Not just force shots, play under control and be a point guard for my team.''

Auburn and Mississippi State (15-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) were locked in a tight game for much of the second half before Mississippi State broke a 70-70 tie with Weatherspoon's 3-pointer and Reggie Perry's dunk in quick succession.

An irate Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was called for a technical foul after arguing with officials and Weatherspoon hit two free throws to give the Bulldogs a 77-70 lead with 7:13 left.

Mississippi State never trailed again.

''When we play the way we played today, it's really fun to be a part of it,'' Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. ''Because we have so good passers and guys who can create for others.''

Auburn (13-6, 2-4) has lost three straight. The Tigers had a solid offensive game, shooting 53 percent from the field, including 11 of 21 on 3-pointers. They also made 21 of 23 free throws.

Bryce Brown led Auburn with 18 points. Chuma Okeke had 16 and Jared Harper added 15. The Tigers were hurt by 19 turnovers.

''When you score 84 points you should have a chance to win that basketball game,'' Pearl said. ''But they really dominated us on the offensive side.''

Mississippi State took a 47-45 halftime lead after making 10 3-pointers in the first half. Auburn stayed close thanks to a 14-of-14 performance on free throws. Peters had 12 points for the Bulldogs before the break while Auburn's Harper and Brown both scored nine.

BIG PICTURE

Auburn: The Tigers continued to struggle without 6-foot-11 forward Austin Wiley, who has missed the past three games with a lower leg injury. Auburn was projected as one of the best teams in the SEC, but the Tigers have put themselves in a hole as February approaches.

''No excuses,'' Pearl said. ''We've got good players at those positions. Austin's been out three games. I think we're 0-3 without him. We've got to find a way to win without him.''

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs really needed this win at home and got it with a gritty performance in the second half. Weatherspoon was excellent and Perry's 10-point, 11-rebound performance was important in the post. Nick Weatherspoon had 12 points on 5 of 8 shooting and played excellent perimeter defense.

''This was huge for us,'' Howland said. ''I was really proud of our team tonight. I thought we came out with a lot of passion.''

UP NEXT

Auburn: Hosts Missouri on Wednesday night.

Mississippi State: At Alabama on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
J. Harper
1 G
Q. Weatherspoon
11 G
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
16.8 Pts. Per Game 16.8
2.7 Ast. Per Game 2.7
5.7 Reb. Per Game 5.7
39.7 Field Goal % 48.7
39.5 Three Point % 34.9
81.7 Free Throw % 85.6
+ 1 Bryce Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 30.0
+ 1 Bryce Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 30.0
  Personal foul on Tyson Carter 30.0
+ 1 Quinndary Weatherspoon made 2nd of 2 free throws 38.0
+ 1 Quinndary Weatherspoon made 1st of 2 free throws 38.0
  Personal foul on Bryce Brown 38.0
  Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry 42.0
  Jared Harper missed layup, blocked by Aric Holman 44.0
  Lost ball turnover on Quinndary Weatherspoon, stolen by Samir Doughty 50.0
+ 1 Bryce Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:18
+ 1 Bryce Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 1:18
Team Stats
Points 84 92
Field Goals 26-49 (53.1%) 28-55 (50.9%)
3-Pointers 11-21 (52.4%) 13-30 (43.3%)
Free Throws 21-23 (91.3%) 23-34 (67.6%)
Total Rebounds 29 29
Offensive 6 10
Defensive 19 18
Team 4 1
Assists 12 20
Steals 7 11
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 19 13
Fouls 20 21
Technicals 2 0
18 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
27 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 16 Auburn 13-6 453984
home team logo 22 Miss. State 15-4 474592
Team Stats
away team logo 16 Auburn 13-6 79.6 PPG 37.5 RPG 14.4 APG
home team logo 22 Miss. State 15-4 77.3 PPG 38.5 RPG 14.4 APG
Key Players
2
B. Brown G 15.8 PPG 1.9 RPG 1.9 APG 42.8 FG%
11
Q. Weatherspoon G 18.2 PPG 4.7 RPG 2.8 APG 50.9 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Brown G 18 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
Q. Weatherspoon G 27 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
53.1 FG% 50.9
52.4 3PT FG% 43.3
91.3 FT% 67.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 18 4 1 5/10 2/4 6/6 2 34 3 0 1 2 2
C. Okeke 16 4 1 6/10 3/5 1/1 1 36 0 0 2 2 2
J. Harper 15 1 7 4/7 3/5 4/5 2 34 0 0 6 0 1
A. McLemore 10 2 0 4/8 0/2 2/2 2 26 0 1 2 0 2
S. Doughty 6 5 3 1/3 0/1 4/4 4 26 3 0 2 1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 18 4 1 5/10 2/4 6/6 2 34 3 0 1 2 2
C. Okeke 16 4 1 6/10 3/5 1/1 1 36 0 0 2 2 2
J. Harper 15 1 7 4/7 3/5 4/5 2 34 0 0 6 0 1
A. McLemore 10 2 0 4/8 0/2 2/2 2 26 0 1 2 0 2
S. Doughty 6 5 3 1/3 0/1 4/4 4 26 3 0 2 1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. McCormick 7 3 0 2/4 1/1 2/3 0 11 0 0 4 1 2
M. Dunbar 5 2 0 2/3 1/2 0/0 4 14 1 0 0 0 2
H. Spencer 4 2 0 1/3 0/0 2/2 4 14 0 2 2 0 2
D. Purifoy 3 2 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 2
C. Blackstock - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Macoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Wiley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Collier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Maasdorp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 84 25 12 26/49 11/21 21/23 20 200 7 3 19 6 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 27 4 3 6/9 4/5 11/11 1 37 1 0 5 0 4
L. Peters 16 0 10 5/13 4/10 2/2 5 32 1 0 2 0 0
N. Weatherspoon 12 3 3 5/8 1/3 1/2 3 33 3 0 1 0 3
A. Ado 8 3 0 2/2 0/0 4/10 4 21 1 1 2 2 1
A. Holman 7 6 1 3/8 1/4 0/2 1 30 2 4 1 4 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 27 4 3 6/9 4/5 11/11 1 37 1 0 5 0 4
L. Peters 16 0 10 5/13 4/10 2/2 5 32 1 0 2 0 0
N. Weatherspoon 12 3 3 5/8 1/3 1/2 3 33 3 0 1 0 3
A. Ado 8 3 0 2/2 0/0 4/10 4 21 1 1 2 2 1
A. Holman 7 6 1 3/8 1/4 0/2 1 30 2 4 1 4 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Perry 10 11 0 3/7 0/1 4/6 4 19 0 0 1 4 7
T. Carter 9 0 2 3/6 2/5 1/1 2 16 2 0 1 0 0
R. Woodard II 3 1 1 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 12 1 0 0 0 1
J. Tshisumpa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Datcher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clayton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Feazell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Storm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Oduro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Junkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 92 28 20 28/55 13/30 23/34 21 200 11 5 13 10 18