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No. 21 Texas A&M edges Mississippi State 68-66

1672 days ago
Associated Press

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Danuel House had 16 points, including two free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining, to lift No. 21 Texas A&M to a 68-66 victory over Mississippi State on Wednesday night.

Craig Sword tied it 66-66 on a jump shot with 24 seconds left before freshman star Quinndary Weatherspoon fouled out on House's shot attempt that led to the winning free throws.

The Bulldogs had a chance to tie it after that, but Tonny Trocha-Morelos stole the inbound pass from Travis Daniels.

Freshman Tyler Davis had 15 points for the Aggies (21-7, 10-5 Southeastern Conference), who won their third straight game following a four-game skid.

Sword led Mississippi State (12-15, 5-10) with 24 points and Weatherspoon added 14.

House made a pair of free throws to give A&M the lead with 2 1/2 minutes remaining before a layup by Jalen Jones made it 63-60.

The Bulldogs tied it up seconds later when Weatherspoon made a high-arching 3-pointer from the top of the key. House put the Aggies on top again with a dunk that made it 65-63 with 90 seconds left.

Both teams made a free throw before the tying shot by Sword.

The Bulldogs took their first lead of the second half on a 3-pointer by Malik Newman, and extended their lead to 58-54 when I.J. Ready hit a 3-pointer on the next trip down the court.

But Texas A&M scored five quick points after that, highlighted by a 3 from House, to regain a 59-58 lead with 5 minutes remaining.

The Aggies led by 6 with about 11 minutes left, but then Sword scored all of Mississippi State's points in an 8-2 run that tied it at 50-all. Sword made 3-pointers on consecutive possessions before capping that spurt with a layup.

House finally stymied Sword's run with a 3-pointer that made it 53-50 with 9 minutes remaining.

Newman's 3-pointer got the Bulldogs within 44-38 with about 15 minutes remaining. After that, both teams struggled to score, with neither team getting points for the next 3 minutes. Davis finally scored for A&M on a layup with about 12 minutes left and Sword hit a pair of free throws for Mississippi State seconds after that to leave the Aggies ahead by 6.

The Aggies led by 3 with about 9 minutes left in the first half before scoring the next six points to extend their lead to 28-19 about 5 1/2 minutes before halftime.

Mississippi State scored eight points in a row after that to get within 28-27. Morelos ended A&M's scoring drought with a dunk, but Gavin Ware made a pair of free throws to get the Bulldogs within 1 again.

This time Anthony Collins hit a 3-pointer to leave A&M ahead 33-29 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs fell to 0-3 in College Station. ... Newman finished with eight points after missing the last game with a back problem. ... Ware and Daniels had nine rebounds each.

Texas A&M: The Aggies are 16-1 at home this season. ... Jones leads the Aggies with 16 points a game but was held to six on Wednesday. ... The Aggies outscored Mississippi State 36-22 in the paint.

UP NEXT

Mississippi State: Host South Carolina on Saturday.

Texas A&M: Visit Missouri on Saturday.