Mississippi State, the No. 10 seed, pulled away within the second half to defeat 7-seed South Carolina, 73-51, in a second-round matchup of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at Amalie Arena on Thursday evening.
Tolu Smith led the Bulldogs with 20 factors, whereas Iverson Molinar added 19 and Shakeel Moore had 12.
The Gamecocks bought 18 factors from Erik Stevenson and 10 from Devin Carter, however couldn’t overcome a scoring drought within the second half after trailing simply 36-34 at halftime.
In reality, the sport was nonetheless shut, with Mississippi State main simply 51-46 folowing a layup by Carter with 9:42 remaining.
But from that time on, the Bulldogs clamped down on protection and the Gamecocks went ice chilly. Mississippi State closed the sport on a 22-5 run to interrupt the sport open and win going away.
South Carolina made simply 17 of 60 field-goal makes an attempt (.283) and was even worse from 3-point vary, going 6 of 23 (.261).
Mississippi State improved to 18-14, whereas South Carolina fell to 18-13.
Mississippi State strikes on to to SEC Tournament quarterfinal matchup with 2-seed Tennessee on Friday. The 6 p.m. recreation shall be televised by SEC Network.