McCowan leads Mississippi State over Clemson 85-61

The Bulldogs are headed to the Sweet 16 for the fourth-straight season.

Posted: Mar 24, 2019 11:29 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Teaira McCowan had 30 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks to help No. 1 seed Mississippi State roll to an 85-61 win over ninth-seeded Clemson on Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Anriel Howard added 21 points for Mississippi State (32-2), which has won 10 straight games in a streak that's lasted more than a month. The Bulldogs were in control throughout Sunday night, jumping out to a 23-10 lead by the end of the first quarter.

McCowan made 14 of 17 shots, repeatedly getting good position close to the rim for easy buckets. Howard shot 6 of 12 from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds. Jordan Danberry added 18 points.

Clemson (20-13) briefly rallied in the third quarter, pulling within 59-46 on Danielle Edwards' 3-pointer late in the third quarter. But the Bulldogs scored the last three points of the third quarter and slowly rebuilt the big lead.

Edwards and Simone Westbrook both scored 14 points for Clemson.

Mississippi State opened in a suffocating full-court press that forced Clemson into 12 first-half turnovers. The Bulldogs scored 16 points off of those miscues and pushed to a 41-22 lead by the break.

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