NEWARK, N.J. (MSU Athletics/WTVA) - Lamar Peters matched his own program single-game record with eight, and No. 22 Mississippi State canned a program school-record 19 treys to claim an 82-71 victory over Clemson during Saturday's Never Forget Tribute Classic at the Prudential Center.
The Bulldogs (8-1) led wire-to-wire and by as many as 19 points late in the first half. Mississippi State also has won back-to-back games over ACC opponents following a 79-56 triumph over Louisville in the 2018 NIT Quarterfinals.
The 19 three-pointers eclipsed the previous mark of 17 set against Southern Miss on Dec. 19, 2016 in Jackson. The Bulldogs have drained 33 triples fueled by 16 from Peters during their last two games.
For Peters, he posted a career-best game for the second straight game. The New Orleans native fired in 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting ignited by eight treys. He also dished out five assists to surpass the 300-mark for his career.
Peters' running mate, Quinndary Weatherspoon, poured in solid all-around effort with 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists a steal. It marked his fifth 20-point performance as Mississippi State moved its record to 19-2 and won 11 consecutive games over the last two seasons when he hits the 20-point mark. The one steal enabled Weatherspoon to tie Timmy Bowers (2001-02-03-04) for 7th on the program's all-time list.
Aric Holman secured 16 points, six rebounds and one block. He knocked down 5-of-8 shooting – all from behind the three-point line. The one block allowed Holman to match Rickey Brown (1977-78-79-80) for fifth place on the school's blocks list.
Tyson Carter garnered eight points, four assists and two steals followed by Nick Weatherspoon who handed out a career-high six assists to go along with five rebounds and two points. Reggie Perry tacked on five rebounds and two points, while Abdul Ado notched four points and three rebounds.
Mississippi State held a 32-31 rebounding edge over the Tigers, and the Bulldogs distributed out 22 assists on 28 field goals.
FROM THE BENCH WITH COACH HOWLAND
That was really a big win for us tonight, to beat a very good Clemson team that we have great respect for. I thought we came out and, obviously, got off to a great start. Aric (Holman) made those three threes, and Lamar made a tough shot. We got rolling."
"Our defense was really good. We had a 20-point lead (late in the first half). I was a little disappointed we let it dissipate, only leading eight at the half. But the way we shot the ball tonight, I believe in our guys. It's just nice to see how well we can shoot the ball, and it's coming out the last two games. Lamar, in particular, spent an incredible amount of time in the off-season working on his shot. You could see he has a lot of confidence in his shot"
Mississippi State welcomes Cincinnati, the defending American Athletic Conference (AAC) champions, to Humphrey Coliseum next Saturday. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 pm. CT. The game will be televised by SEC Network and available online courtesy of the WatchESPN app.