MSU men's basketball defeats Alabama 67-63

The Bulldogs have now won four straight SEC games for the first time since 2008.

Posted: Feb 6, 2018 11:47 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - Mississippi State kept on climbing the SEC basketball standings Tuesday night, and this time the victim was border rival Alabama.

Behind 18 points from Nick Weatherspoon and 13 points from Quinndary Weatherspoon, MSU won its edged the Tide, 67-63, at Humphrey Coliseum.

Now on its longest conference win streak since 2008, the Bulldogs moved to fourth place in the standings by snapping a four-game losing streak against Alabama, which fell to 15-9 and 6-5.

The Bulldogs have now matched a school record with 16 victories at home this season.

Abdul Ado and Aric Holman each had three blocked shots. Lamar Peters had four assists.

“It was a great win against a great team,” MSU head Ben Howland said. “They are an NCAA Tournament, so that’s a big win. I am proud of our toughness. We were struggling to score in the first half because two good defensive teams were going at it.

“We showed a lot of belief in one another. We overcame some foul trouble. Really proud of how hard we played and how tough we were down the stretch.”

The lead switched hands several times before Alabama eased into an advantage midway through the half. The Crimson Tide led by five at 18-13, 20-15 and 22-17.

The Bulldogs followed with nine-straight points to grab a 26-22 lead on a jumper by Nick Weatherspoon with 2:42 left in the half.

The Bulldogs stretched the lead to four twice before leading 30-28 at halftime.

In the second half, the Bulldogs started things with a 9-2 run for a 39-30 lead.

Alabama battled back for a 45-44 lead with 11:29 left in the contest. The Crimson Tide would later stretch the lead to 49-45.

The Bulldogs claimed the lead for good at 55-54 on a layup by Nick Weatherspoon with 4:31 left.

For the contest, MSU hit 24 of 52 shots from the field (46.2 percent), 2 of 19 shots from 3-point range (10.5 percent) and 17 of 28 shots from the foul line (60.7 percent). Alabama hit 18 of 49 shots from the field (36.7 percent), 3 of 22 shots from 3-point range (13.6 percent) and 24 of 30 shots from the foul line (80.0 percent).

MSU held a 36-29 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 10 assists and 10 turnovers, while the Crimson Tide had four assists and 13 turnovers.

Alabama received 18 points from Collin Sexton, 11 points from Daniel Giddens and 11 points from Braxton Key. Donta Hall and Key each had a team-high six rebounds.

MSU plays at Missouri at 1 p.m. CT Saturday. The game will be shown nationally on ESPN2.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32888

Reported Deaths: 1188
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds259141
DeSoto172418
Madison132635
Jones114049
Neshoba100473
Rankin98213
Harrison96911
Lauderdale92280
Forrest91643
Scott77915
Jackson68917
Copiah62015
Washington61710
Leake58919
Lee56220
Holmes56041
Oktibbeha55227
Wayne54515
Warren53218
Yazoo5236
Lowndes50913
Grenada5067
Leflore50053
Lamar4917
Lincoln48434
Pike45416
Monroe42534
Sunflower4208
Lafayette4094
Covington3755
Attala36523
Panola3646
Bolivar35618
Newton3479
Simpson3453
Adams31518
Tate31011
Pontotoc3046
Marion30012
Chickasaw28719
Claiborne28410
Winston2808
Noxubee2728
Jasper2676
Pearl River26532
Marshall2583
Clay24911
Smith22911
Union21810
Clarke21025
Coahoma2056
Walthall2056
Lawrence1872
Yalobusha1807
Kemper17914
Carroll16811
Humphreys1569
Tallahatchie1454
Calhoun1414
Montgomery1392
Tippah13811
Itawamba1378
Hancock13413
Webster12711
Jefferson Davis1134
Tunica1133
Jefferson1103
Prentiss1103
Greene1059
Amite1043
Wilkinson939
George913
Tishomingo891
Quitman811
Choctaw754
Alcorn742
Perry724
Stone692
Franklin452
Benton420
Sharkey370
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 46424

Reported Deaths: 1032
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson5486155
Montgomery4246105
Mobile4219136
Tuscaloosa234644
Marshall177011
Madison15548
Lee143337
Shelby135724
Morgan11285
Walker98525
Baldwin9809
Elmore96215
Dallas9109
Franklin90216
Etowah79013
DeKalb7615
Chambers64327
Autauga63612
Butler63228
Tallapoosa60469
Russell5680
Unassigned52226
Limestone5181
Houston5106
Lauderdale5016
Lowndes47821
Cullman4705
Pike4525
Colbert4266
St. Clair4162
Escambia4118
Calhoun3875
Coffee3863
Covington3727
Bullock36810
Barbour3572
Talladega3237
Marengo31711
Hale31521
Dale3020
Jackson3022
Wilcox2948
Sumter28512
Clarke2836
Winston2663
Chilton2622
Blount2511
Monroe2412
Pickens2386
Marion23613
Conecuh2177
Randolph2169
Macon1999
Choctaw19712
Bibb1961
Greene1868
Perry1791
Henry1363
Crenshaw1253
Washington1187
Lawrence1090
Cherokee1037
Geneva840
Lamar801
Fayette721
Clay692
Coosa591
Cleburne391
Out of AL00
Tupelo
Few Clouds
77° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 73°
Feels Like: 78°
Columbus
Broken Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 73°
Oxford
Scattered Clouds
75° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 75°
Starkville
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 76° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 72°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather