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No. 15 Mississippi State tops Saint Mary’s 61-57 in Vegas

Mississippi State Bulldogs v Saint Mary's Gaels

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - NOVEMBER 21: Reggie Perry #1 of the Mississippi State Bulldogs keeps the ball from Malik Fitts #24 of the Saint Mary’s Gaels during the first half of a game in the MGM Resorts Main Event basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on November 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS -- Quinndary Weatherspoon and Tyson Carter each scored 12 points to lead No. 15 Mississippi State to a 61-57 victory over Saint Mary’s on Wednesday night in the consolation game of the MGM Main Event’s heavyweight division.

Saint Mary’s took a 50-48 lead with 6:15 left, but the Bulldogs went on a 6-0 run, culminated by Aric Holman’s powerful slam dunk.

The Bulldogs (4-1) got nine points and 11 rebounds from Holman, while Lamar Peters added 10. Mississippi State, which matched its season percentage from the free-throw line by hitting 80 percent, also got 20 points from its reserves.

Mississippi State avenged its first loss of the season on Monday, when Arizona State won 72-67.

Jordan Ford scored 23 points for the Gaels (3-2), and Malik Fitts added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Mississippi State closed the first half on a 29-10 run to erase an 11-point deficit and take a 35-27 lead.