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Mississippi St. Upends Auburn, 87-76

Jan. 20, 2007

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -Freshman Barry Stewart scored 22 points and hit two crucial 3-pointers as Mississippi State beat Auburn 87-76 on Saturday.

Mississippi State (11-6, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) had nine turnovers and shot 34 percent in a sloppy first half. The Tigers led by as much as nine and held a 37-31 halftime advantage. But Stewart ignited a rally midway through the second half.

The Tigers (12-8, 2-3) led 55-53 with just under 12 minutes left when Stewart hit two 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to give the Bulldogs the lead and eventually the win.

Stewart, the current freshman of the week in the SEC, hit all 10 free-throw attempts and was 4 of 6 from the floor.

Reginald Delk added 20 points for the Bulldogs. Dietric Slater and Charles Rhodes both finished with 13, while Jamont Gordon scored 11 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Josh Dollard led the Tigers with 19 points. Quan Prowell added 12, while Korvotney Barber and Rasheem Barrett each added 10.

The Bulldogs have won their last six SEC home games by 10 or more points and have won seven straight at home against the Tigers.



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