No. 7 Mississippi State extended its home winning streak to 14 games dating back to last season as it defeated Auburn 60-45 Thursday night.
The Bulldogs improved to 15-1 on the year and 2-0 in conference play and now own a 26-1 record at Humphrey Coliseum over the last two seasons.
“Sometimes we don’t practice well and sometimes we don’t shoot around well,” said MSU coach Vic Schaefer. “But when the lights come on with these kids, they really hook up and play. I’m really proud of our effort. We beat an outstanding team today.”
Two MSU players posted double-doubles as Victoria Vivians led all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Teaira McCowan added 10 points and 13 boards in 19 minutes off the bench.
The Bulldogs shot 33.3 percent from the field and cashed in 25 Auburn turnovers for 20 points on the other end.
It was a back and forth battle during the early going as both teams were nodded at 12 at the 1:34 mark of the first quarter.
But the Bulldogs would respond with a 19-1 run, holding Auburn without a basket until the 1:24 mark of the second quarter. MSU led 33-17 at the break behind Vivians’ 13 points.
“We attacked pressure with pressure,” Schaefer said. “We had two quarters tonight where we held them to single digit points. They only scored five points in the second quarter. We not only played hard, we played right if you look at how many free throws they had.”
The Tigers shot 40 percent for the game but only attempted five free throws.
Tra’Cee Tanner was the only Tiger in double figures with 15 points. Brandy Montgomery, who entered as the SEC’s leading scorer averaging 18.4 points, was held to eight.
Mississippi State is back at home Sunday hosting Arkansas at 2 p.m.