Mississippi college basketball roundup: Bulldogs rally to beat Auburn; JSU rises and Alcorn falls

Published 9:59 pm Saturday, January 26, 2019

STARKVILLE (AP) — Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 27 points, Lamar Peters added 16 points and 10 assists, and No. 22 Mississippi State pulled away to beat No. 16 Auburn 92-84 on Saturday night.

Auburn and Mississippi State (15-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) were locked in a tight game for much of the second half before Mississippi State broke a 70-70 tie with Weatherspoon’s 3-pointer and Reggie Perry’s dunk in quick succession.

An irate Auburn coach Bruce Pearl then was called for a technical foul after arguing with officials and Weatherspoon hit two free throws to give the Bulldogs a 77-70 lead with 7:13 left.

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The 6-foot-4 Weatherspoon tied a season high in points and finished 6-of-9 from the field and 11-of-11 on free throws.

Perry matched Peters’ double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Auburn (13-6, 2-4) has lost three straight. The Tigers shot 53 percent from the field and were led by Bryce Brown’s 18 points, but were hurt by 19 turnovers.
Mississippi State took a 47-45 halftime lead after making 10 3-pointers in the first half — more than they’d made in the previous two games combined.

Auburn stayed close thanks to a 14-of-14 performance on free throws. Peters had 12 points for the Bulldogs before the break, while Auburn’s Jared Harper and Brown both scored nine.

Alabama State 74, Alcorn State 59
Reginald Gee scored 20 points with five rebounds as Alabama State rolled over Alcorn State.

Tobi Ewuosho added 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Hornets (7-10, 5-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference), who have won three straight. Jacoby Ross had 15 points and five assists.

Alabama State shot 49 percent from the field compared to 34 percent for Alcorn State.
The Hornets led 36-32 at the break and a jumper by Gee capped a 15-9 run to open the second half that made it 51-41 with 13:16 to play. Gee ignited another Hornets surge midway through with a dunk and a 3-pointer and Ross added another 3 to push it to 61-49 with 8:10 remaining. Alabama State led by at least 10 the rest of the way.

Troymain Crosby scored 18 points with five rebounds to lead the Braves (6-13, 2-5). Reginal Johnson and Maurice Howard added 12 points apiece.

Jackson State 65, Grambling 63
Chris Howell had 19 points and 10 rebounds to carry Jackson State past Grambling.
Venjie Wallis had 14 points for Jackson State (7-13, 4-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference), which snapped a five-game losing streak against Grambling (9-11, 3-4). Jayveous McKinnis added seven rebounds.

Ivy Smith Jr. had 18 points for Grambling, which has lost two in a row since snapping a three-game win streak. Axel Mpoyo added seven rebounds and Devante Jackson had five assists.

JSU has lost two of three on the road, and returns home to face Mississippi Valley State (3-17, 1-5) on Saturday. Grambling hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff (6-12, 3-2) next Saturday.

Prairie View 89, Mississippi Valley State 78
Gary Blackston had 14 points with 11 rebounds, Gerard Andrus scored 15 points and Prairie View A&M defeated Mississippi Valley State.

SWAC-leading Prairie View (8-11, 6-0) also got 13 points from Devonte Patterson and 11 points from Darius Williams.

Michael Green led MVSU (3-17, 1-5) with 15 points. Jordan Evans added 14 points and Dante Scott scored 11 with eight rebounds for the Delta Devils.

Prairie View took the lead for good when Patterson scored near the 14-minute mark of the second half. Antoine Lister and Chancellor Ellis followed with back-to-back 3-pointers and the Panthers were up 58-51. They led by double-digits most of the final 9 minutes.

Prairie View is riding a seven-game winning streak and leads Alabama State (5-1) by one game in the SWAC standings.

Delta State 70, Lee 56
Matthew Wilson scored a team-high 21 points to lead the Delta State men’s basketball team to a victory over Lee University. The Statesmen (13-6, 9-3 Gulf South Conference) held the Flames to their lowest point total of the year and 14 below their season average of 70.6 points per game.

Rasheide Bell totaled14 points, seven rebounds and five assists, and Justin Slocum joined Wilson in double figures with 11 points.

Ala.-Huntsville 87, Mississippi College 68
J.J. Kaplan had 16 points and eight rebounds, while Sam Orf added 12 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to lead Alabama-Huntsville (14-5, 7-4 Gulf South Conference) past Mississippi College (4-12, 1-10).

Alabama-Huntsville shot 67.3 percent (33-for-49) from the field, was 9-for-18 from 3-point range, and 12-for-13 at the free throw line. Four players scored in double figures.

Dyllan Taylor led Mississippi College with 16 points and eight rebounds. Brandon Boston added 12 points and Marcus Lytle scored 10.

Belhaven 75, MUW 71
Justin Jones scored 15 points, and Brosnan Cooks came off the bench to add 10 points and seven rebounds as Belhaven (8-11) snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Mississippi University for Women.

Tavonta Jones led MUW (5-14) with 16 points, and D.J. Clark had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Saturday’s Mississippi college scores
Iowa St. 87, Ole Miss 73
Southern Miss 101, Marshall 51
Belhaven 75, Miss. University for Women 71
Delta St. 70, Lee 56
Alabama-Huntsville 87, Mississippi College 68
Prairie View 89, Mississippi Valley State 78
Alabama State 74, Alcorn State 59
Jackson State 65, Grambling 63
Mississippi St. 92, Auburn 84