STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — South Carolina made it interesting in the final seconds. But Mississippi State held on long enough to get a crucial Southeastern Conference victory. Nick Weatherspoon had 18 points and D.J. Stewart added 16 as Mississippi State held off South Carolina 79-76 on Wednesday. Abdul Ado had 14 points for the Bulldogs (17-9 overall, 8-5 in SEC, while Reggie Perry had 10 points and 10 rebounds. It was Perry’s 14th double-double of the season and the 23rd of his career. Maik Kotsar’s 24 points led South Carolina (16-10, 8-5), while Jermaine Couisnard scored 17. A.J. Lawson also finished in double digits with 10 points for the Gamecocks. “It was a big win for us,” said Weatherspoon. “South Carolina is one of the hottest teams in the SEC but towards the end we got to play better.” After trailing by 11 points with under four minutes remaining, South Carolina had a furious comeback attempt in the closing seconds. Jair Bolden made a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left to close the Gamecocks’deficit to 78-77. Mississippi State’s Robert Woodard made one free throw with 6 seconds left and South Carolina did not get a potential game-tying shot off. “I am… Read full this story
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