STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Auburn rallies to upend Mississippi State 76-68

The Bulldogs saw a 13-point lead slip away in the second half.

Posted: Jan 13, 2018 10:58 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - Mississippi State saw a 13-point lead slip away in the second half of a 76-68 loss to No. 22 Auburn Saturday at the Humphrey Coliseum.

Auburn improved to 16-1 overall and 4-0 in conference play, while MSU fell to 13-4 and 1-3. The Bulldogs lost at home for the first time this season in 13 games. Overall, it was a 13-game home winning streak which ended – matching second-longest in program history.

In the opening half, Auburn was held to 24 points – its lowest offensive point total in a half this season. The Bulldogs led 35-24 at halftime. In the second half, Auburn shot 60 percent from 3-point range and battled back from a 13-point deficit with 18:30 left in the contest.

“That’s a tough loss considering how well we played in the first half,” MSU coach Ben Howland said. “It was the best first half we played this season, and it was against a talented team. They hit some really big 3-point shots. To start the second half, we were a little more stagnant on offense.”

Quinndary Weatherspoon led the Bulldogs with 14 points. Aric Holman added 11 points, while Abdul Ado, Nick Weatherspoon and Lamar Peters each added 10 points.

Ado collected his third double-double of the season with a game-high 11 rebounds. Ado and Holman each had two blocked shots as the Bulldogs collected eight as a team.

The Bulldogs started strong on the defensive end of the floor.

Auburn was held to one field goal over the first five-plus minutes. A layup by Quinndary Weatherspoon ran the MSU lead to 12-4. A 7-0 run would push the lead to 12 at 20-8.

A 3-pointer by Lamar Peters pushed the lead to 28-17 with 5:17 left in the half.

Overall, Auburn was held to 26.7 percent shooting from the field in the first half as the Bulldogs held that 35-24 lead at halftime.

A pair of Holman free throws ran the lead to 39-26 with 18:30 left.

A pair of 3-point baskets highlighted an 8-0 run to pull the Tigers back within 41-39. Auburn would then grab its first lead of the second half with 10:00 left in the contest.

The Tigers ran the lead to 11 at 65-54 with 6:04 left. The Bulldogs were later back within two at 67-65 after a four-point play by Quinndary Weatherspoon.

For the contest, MSU hit 24 of 59 shots from the field (40.7 percent), 5 of 23 shots from 3-point range (21.7 percent) and 15 of 22 shots from the foul line (68.2 percent). Auburn hit 21 of 60 shots from the field (35.0 percent), 9 of 21 shots from 3-point range (42.9 percent) and 25 of 32 shots from the foul line (78.1 percent).

MSU held a 42-39 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 10 assists and 12 turnovers, while the Tigers had eight assists and seven turnovers.

Auburn received 23 points form Bryce Brown, 14 points from Mustapha Heron, 14 points from Desean Murray and 12 points from Jared Harper. Murray had a team-high nine rebounds for the Tigers.

MSU will play host to Vanderbilt at 6 p.m. Tuesday. The contest will be shown nationally on the SEC Network.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 468498

Reported Deaths: 9100
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison31907468
Hinds30552569
DeSoto29532342
Jackson22868335
Rankin21016355
Lee14393214
Madison13961263
Jones13053215
Forrest12879231
Lauderdale11244292
Lowndes10148171
Lamar9972122
Pearl River8569208
Lafayette8008136
Hancock7110107
Oktibbeha6764117
Washington6756146
Neshoba6350200
Monroe6304156
Warren6267159
Panola6036122
Pontotoc599292
Bolivar5960143
Marshall5917115
Union558885
Pike5424133
Lincoln5192127
Alcorn509388
George454766
Scott447392
Leflore4377138
Tippah431780
Itawamba429192
Prentiss429074
Copiah423883
Simpson4238108
Wayne419663
Tate418999
Adams4174109
Yazoo411486
Sunflower4057104
Covington404891
Marion399699
Leake389784
Coahoma385996
Newton360273
Grenada3489100
Stone342657
Tishomingo320987
Attala318285
Jasper308261
Winston298191
Clay282672
Chickasaw277464
Clarke271784
Holmes257685
Calhoun256939
Smith241546
Yalobusha215447
Tallahatchie213849
Walthall203457
Lawrence202431
Greene202045
Perry195053
Amite191251
Webster191141
Noxubee173437
Montgomery168652
Jefferson Davis164041
Carroll158936
Tunica146533
Benton137531
Kemper136538
Claiborne124134
Choctaw123824
Humphreys122036
Franklin114127
Quitman100925
Wilkinson98335
Jefferson85832
Sharkey61620
Issaquena1916
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 757893

Reported Deaths: 12784
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1082301712
Mobile694251158
Madison47738562
Baldwin35347420
Shelby34758281
Tuscaloosa32576495
Montgomery32249645
Lee21576200
Calhoun19621363
Morgan19061307
Etowah18363413
Marshall17028252
Houston15881337
St. Clair14724270
Limestone13908178
Elmore13812239
Cullman13756228
Lauderdale12909263
Talladega12124200
DeKalb11705220
Walker10047303
Autauga9371119
Blount9272146
Jackson8970132
Coffee8550150
Colbert8229160
Dale8162142
Escambia632298
Tallapoosa6255165
Covington6214153
Chilton6152128
Russell586753
Franklin558292
Chambers5155127
Dallas4569173
Marion4490114
Clarke447070
Pike439188
Geneva415999
Lawrence4002101
Winston399982
Bibb388975
Barbour334667
Marengo317778
Monroe306844
Butler305878
Pickens296166
Henry288550
Randolph288255
Hale282981
Cherokee275649
Fayette268569
Washington241844
Crenshaw226962
Clay219260
Macon211154
Cleburne205746
Lamar184638
Conecuh173337
Lowndes167856
Coosa160031
Wilcox153033
Bullock145642
Perry132430
Sumter122635
Greene117941
Choctaw71925
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 72°
Columbus
Cloudy
71° wxIcon
Hi: 81° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 71°
Oxford
Cloudy
68° wxIcon
Hi: 82° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 68°
Starkville
Cloudy
73° wxIcon
Hi: 80° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 73°
The combo of a no named front and former tropical system Nicholas' leftovers will continue leave us with some pretty decent chances for some showers and thunderstorms over the next several days.
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather