Jan 22, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs forward Colin Borchert (3) shoots the ball over Auburn Tigers guard Chris Denson (3) during the game at Humphrey Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Dawgs Beat Auburn - Now Tied for 5th in SEC

Jan 22, 2014; Starkville, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Tyson Cunningham (24) guard Trivante Bloodman (4) guard Fred Thomas (1) and guard Craig Sword (32) during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Humphrey Coliseum. Mississippi State Bulldogs defeated the Auburn Tigers 82-74. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State got past the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday night at the Hump, 82-74. The Bulldogs were led by Roquez Johnson with 18 points and Colin Borchert with 17. Four Dawgs hit double figures in points.

Auburn got off to a hot start and led by as many as nine early but State bounced back to take a nine point lead themselves at halftime. Auburn made a run late in the game cutting an 11 point MSU lead with 1:36 to play into a 4 point lead with :40 to play, but we were able to pull away with free throw shooting.

State really dominated with their bench play. I mean really. In a stat line you won’t see often, MSU outscored Auburn 28-0 from the bench. We also did an excellent job of getting to the free throw line again – going 43 times (31 of 43, 72%) as opposed to the Tigers 13 times.

MSU was without I.J. Ready for the second game in a row since he left the Alabama game with a concussion. It’s unclear if he’ll be able to return for a big game this weekend in Oxford. Ole Miss is playing well, having won three in a row since losing in Starkville (their only SEC loss so far). The Rebs are currently tied for 2nd in the SEC at 4-1 with UK and UGA. Mississippi State is tied for 5th in the league at 3-2 with UT, LSU and A&M.

 

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