Frazier’s career high lifts Bulldogs to at least share of SEC title
Starkville, MI (Sports Network) – Winsome Frazier scored a career-high 26
points, including 20 in the first half, to lead fifth-ranked Mississippi State
to an easy 105-91 win over Auburn at Humphrey Coliseum.
Shane Power added 17 points and Timmy Bowers netted 15 for the Bulldogs
(24-2, 13-2 SEC), who have won three straight and 11 of their last 12 games.
Lawrence Roberts added 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds in the win.
Mississippi State, which already clinched the SEC West Division, secured at
least a share of the overall conference championship for the first time since
the 1990-91 season. A win in its final game against Alabama or one loss by
Kentucky in the ‘Cats final two games will give the Bulldogs their first
outright SEC regular-season championship since 1962-63.
“What a way to cap off your final game at home,” Mississippi head coach Rick
Stansbury said. “We came out tonight and it was very obvious, again, who was
going to win that basketball game from the start.”
Should Mississippi State beat the Crimson Tide on Saturday, the Bulldogs would
also set a school record with their 25th win of the season and 14th conference
Brandon Robinson scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Tigers
(13-13, 4-11), who have dropped four straight games. Lewis Monroe added 16
points in the loss.
The Bulldogs connected on 40-of-72 attempts (56 percent) and 14-of-30 from
behind the arc (47 percent), while Auburn hit on 45 percent of its shot
attempts (34-of-76) and 11-of-29 from three-point range (38 percent).
“I don’t think anybody would have beaten this team tonight,” Auburn head coach
Cliff Ellis said. “You could bring whoever you wanted in here — St. Joe’s,
Duke — it wouldn’t have mattered. They made some unbelievable shots.”
Mississippi State led 13-10 early in the game, but the Bulldogs quickly
distanced themselves from the Tigers. Frazier ignited an 11-2 run as he
drained three shots from behind the arc to give Mississippi State a 24-12 edge
with 12:24 left in the first half.
The Bulldogs kept the heat on as another Frazier three-pointer, his sixth of
the half, extended the cushion to 36-20 with just under eight minutes left.
However, five straight points by Auburn brought it within 11 points.
The Tigers did close within seven points late in the half at 45-38, but
Mississippi State ended the first stanza on an 8-0 run. Bowers capped the late
run with a long three-pointer just before the half ended to give the Bulldogs
a comfortable 53-38 lead at the intermission.
Frazier lit up the scoreboard with 20 points as he hit 6-of-9 three-point
attempts in the first half, while Quinnel Brown scored 11 points for
Auburn in the opening 20 minutes.
“It’s like a trigger in your brain. Once it clicks, it clicks,” Frazier said
of his shooting stroke. “Coach can tell you, I’ll shoot from the time when I
Mississippi State ended 11-of-22 from behind the arc in the first half and 19-
of-40 from the field (48 percent). The Tigers made 14-of-37 field-goal
attempts (38 percent) and connected on 5-of-14 three-point tries (36 percent).
The Bulldogs put the game out of reach in the second half as they began the
period on a 7-0 run to claim a 22-point edge. Auburn was never able to mount a
threat again and trailed by as many as 25 points in the second half.