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.