National Basketball Association
Mississippi State 76, South Carolina 61
When: 6:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 23, 2019
Where: Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi
Officials: # Don Dailey, # Glenn Tuitt, # K.B. Burdett
Attendance: 8655

Freshman Reggie Perry scored 21 points, and host Mississippi State overcame a slow start to pull away from South Carolina 76-61 in an SEC game Saturday night.

Quinndary Weatherspoon added 17 points, and Lamar Peters had 11 for the Bulldogs (20-7, 8-6 SEC), who trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half but outscored South Carolina 47-25 in the second half.

A.J. Lawson scored 18, and Maik Kotsar added 11 to lead the Gamecocks (14-13, 9-5).

South Carolina made 9 of 21 3-pointers, but just 13 of 36 2-pointers. The Bulldogs enjoyed an 18-8 edge in free throws made.

Neither team relied heavily on its bench, as South Carolina played just three reserves -- though they combined for 20 points -- and Mississippi State played two reserves, who combined for 11 points.

Lawson made a 3-pointer to start the second-half scoring and give South Carolina a 41-29 lead. But then the Bulldogs took over. Mississippi State scored the next nine points and took its first lead at 46-45 on Aric Holman's dunk.

The Gamecocks briefly regained the lead on Tre Campbell's 3-pointer, but the Bulldogs scored the next 12 points. Weatherspoon had the last seven points of the run.

Chris Silva's two free throws ended the run, and South Carolina closed within 60-54. But Tyson Carter made a 3-pointer to start a 7-0 run by Mississippi State.

Felipe Haase's 3-pointer cut the lead to 71-61 with 1:45 remaining, but Perry answered with back-to-back jumpers to seal it.

Hassani Gravett and Kotsar scored four points each as South Carolina raced to a 17-4 lead, and the Gamecocks never trailed in the first half.

Mississippi State chipped away, and Abdul Ado's three-point play pulled the Bulldogs within 21-14. South Carolina scored the next nine points, and Haase's 3-pointer gave the Gamecocks a 30-14 lead.

Mississippi State made another run, and Holman's dunk with five seconds left pulled the Bulldogs within 36-29 at halftime.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
South Carolina   Mississippi State
A.J. Lawson 18 Scoring Reggie Perry 21
Tre Campbell 7 Assists Lamar Peters 9
Hassani Gravett 5 Rebounds Reggie Perry 6
A.J. Lawson 3 Free Throws Made Reggie Perry 7
Keyshawn Bryant 1 Steals Tyson Carter 3
Keyshawn Bryant 2 Blocks Abdul Ado 6
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
South Carolina 61 38.6 9-21 8-16 12 24 6 2 15
Mississippi State 76 50.0 8-18 18-20 13 26 10 9 14