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Humphrey Coliseum

Humphrey Coliseum

I’ve arrived on press row at Humphrey Coliseum for what will likely be the final time this year. Mississippi State concludes the regular season against Auburn. The Bulldogs will honor their six seniors – Fred Thomas, Johnny Zuppardo, Gavin Ware, Reggie Patterson, Travis Daniels and Craig Sword prior to the game. Remember that today’s game is televised on the SEC Network. I’ll be traveling to the SEC Tournament in Nashville next week as well.

Starting lineups:

Mississippi State: 13-16, 6-11 SEC

1- Fred Thomas, G, 6-5, 210, Sr.

4- Johnny Zuppardo, F, 6-8, 226, Sr.

20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 260, Sr.

23- Travis Daniels, G, 6-7, 225, RSr.

32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 197, Sr.

Auburn: 11-18, 5-12

0- Horace Spencer, F, 6-9, 220, Fr.

4- T.J. Dunans, G, 6-5, 174, Jr.

12- Tyler Harris, F, 6-10, 220, Gr.

23- TJ Lang, G, 6-7, 200, So.

25- Jordan Granger, F, 6-8, 220, Sr.

MSU wins the tip and Ware misses a jumper.

Auburn gets a lay-up from Harris to start the scoring.

8-0 AU 16:55 1st Lang 6 points

Ware finally gets MSU on the board with a baby hook.

State with six turnovers already.

8-2 AU 15:06 1st Lang 6 points

8-6 AU 11:56 1st Lang 6 points

Thomas ties the game with a triple.

Newman gives MSU its first lead with a 3-pointer. Weatherspoon adds one as well.

17-13 MSU 7:32 1st Lang 6 points

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright sitting courtside.

Newman with another trey. State up seven.

Newman playing out of his mind right now. He’s got 15 off the bench.

26-16 MSU 3:43 1st Newman 15 points

Weatherspoon with another 3. State up 13.

Weatherspon with his third 3.

32-16 2:27 1st MSU Newman 14. One of his 3’s must’ve been changed to a two.

Ware with a 3-point play. State up 35-18.

Alley oop from Sword to Ware to end the half.

HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 39, AUBURN 20

FG% AU 27.6, MSU 46.7

3PT% AU 18.2, MSU 42.9

FT% AU 33.3, MSU 71.4

Rebounds: AU 15, MSU 25

Turnovers: AU 8, MSU 10

Pts off TOs: AU 6, MSU 9

Paint Pts: AU 10, MSU 10

2nd chance: AU 4, MSU 12

Fast break: AU 3, MSU 5

Bench: AU 1, MSU 25

Individual scoring: AU- Horace Spencer 7, Tyler Harris 6, TJ Lang 6, Cinmeon Bowers 1; MSU – Malik Newman 14, Quinndary Weatherspoon 11, Gavin Ware 9, Fred Thomas 5

MSU starts the second half with Daniels, Ready, Sword, Ware and Weatherspoon.

41-28 MSU 17:29 2nd Newman 14 points

Former Bulldog Branden Vincent also courtside today.

Daniels knocks down a 3-pointer. State up 44-28.

Lang leaves the game limping.

I.J. Ready for 3. State up 47-28.

49-33 MSU 14:23 2nd Newman 14 points

52-43 MSU 12:08 2nd Newman 14 points

Weatherspoon with another trey. State up 14.

57-43 MSU 10:45 2nd Newman 14, Weatherspoon 14

Spencer has four fouls for AU.

63-49 MSU 7:58 2nd Newman 14, Weatherspoon 14

Bryce Brown picks up his fourth foul as well.

Dunans hit with a technical.

Daniels hits a 3 from the corner. State up 14.

Duanans fouls out with 4:38 left.

Newman for 3. State up 24.

Patterson at the scorers table checking in.

77-62 MSU 1:27 2nd Newman 17 points

Patterson scores on a lay-up.

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 79, AUBURN 66

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I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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