STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Quinndary Weatherspoon had a career-high 29 points Wednesday night to lead Mississippi State to an 89-74 victory over Missouri.
"We needed this win desperately tonight since we're about to go on the road for two straight," said Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland. "I thought our second-half defense keyed the comeback. We really dug deep and it really fed our offense. Q (Weatherspoon) did a good job in the first half and really kept us in it.
"Then bottom line, Lamar had a good second half and really got it going there. We've already seen that before and seen how he can get it going."
Weatherspoon was 11 of 17 from the field and also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals. He scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half.
"I just wanted to come out and be aggressive," said Weatherspoon. "We know we lost our last two games so I wanted to do what I could to help us tonight. Me and Coach Howland had a meeting about that and he needed me to be more aggressive. So I felt like the old me tonight, just filling up the whole stat sheet."
Mississippi State opened the second half on a 10-3 run to take the lead for good at 49-46. Then Peters went on a hot streak and made five straight 3-pointers to push the Bulldogs' advantage to 72-59 with less than nine minutes remaining.
Peters' streak resulted in 15 points in 2:34.
"Obviously it was a tale of two halves," said Missouri head coach Kim Anderson. "In the first half we did a good job of mixing our defenses and keeping them off-balanced. Then Weatherspoon and Peters took over and we had no answer. We knew coming in that Peters was dangerous off the ball screens. And we knew Weatherspoon was dangerous from anywhere."
Missouri used a red-hot shooting performance in the first half to lead the entire period. Mississippi State got within one point on several occasions and trailed by as many as nine. Missouri eventually settled in with a 43-39 advantage at the half.
The Tigers shot 61.5 percent in the first half, including 58.3 percent from the 3-point arc.
For the game, Mississippi State shot 57.1 percent and made 12 of 23 beyond the arc. That included an 8 of 12 showing on 3-pointers in the second half.
The Tigers shot 46.3 percent for the game and just 32.1 percent in the second half. Missouri also missed all nine 3-pointer attempts in the second half.
Mississippi State: After two straight conference losses, the Bulldogs moved above .500 in the SEC again at 4-3.
Missouri: The Tigers return home to host No. 23 South Carolina on Saturday.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs travel to Alabama on Saturday.