Mississippi State 82, Auburn 74
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[January 23, 2014]
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Misissippi State 82, Auburn
74: Roquez Johnson came off the bench to score 18 points as the host
Bulldogs tamed the Tigers in an SEC clash.
Colin Borchert added 17 points for Mississippi State (13-5, 3-2
SEC), which shot 50 percent from the field. Fred Thomas recorded 14
points and three blocks while Craig Sword was held to six points on
1-of-6 shooting, but dished out a game-high eight assists to go
along with six rebounds.
KT Harrell scored 24 points and Tahj Shamsid-Deen netted 17 for
Auburn (8-8, 0-5), which dropped its 15th consecutive conference
game. Asauhn Dixon-Tatum chipped in with 12 points and 13 rebounds
while Allen Payne contributed 12 points and 10 boards for the
Tigers, who finished 12-of-13 from the free throw line.
Auburn made seven of its first nine shots to take a 15-6 lead before
Thomas knocked down a 3-pointer to trim the deficit to four midway
through the first half. Borchert nailed three straight triples as
Mississippi State closed out the opening period on a 20-4 run to
take a 34-25 advantage into the break.
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Gavin Ware hit back-to-back jumpers to give the Bulldogs a
51-41 lead before Harrell sparked an 8-0 spurt as the Tigers
pulled to within two with a little over eight minutes remaining.
Tyson Cunningham keyed a 7-0 burst to stretch Mississippi
State's advantage to 66-58 with just over three minutes left and
they held on to beat Auburn for the fifth straight time at
GAME NOTEBOOK: Mississippi State G Trivante Bloodman scored 13
points and dished out five assists. … The Bulldogs' bench
outscored Auburn's reserves 28-0. … Harrell has finished in
double figures in all 16 games this season.
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