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Mississippi State Holds Off Alabama, Wins Second Straight

Mississippi State tallied their second straight mark in the win column, beating the Crimson Tide 67 - 61 Saturday evening.

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Mississippi State (12-14, 5-9) is continuing to look like they will finish the season with a .500 record after dealing streaking Alabama (16-10, 7-7), 67-61 on Saturday. This is the Bulldogs second straight SEC upset in one week after beating Vanderbilt in thrilling fashion earlier in the week.

Quinndary Weatherspoon lead Mississippi State with 15 points and once again played a vital role in the win. The Bulldogs were able to fight off a second-half rally by the Crimson Tide, which coming into the contest had won five straight league games and cemented themselves into the NCAA Tournament conversation.

Craig Sword added 13 points and Gavin Ware, although in foul trouble, was able to contribute 12 points. I.J. Ready, whom was playing for an injured Malik Newman, scored 10 points, none of which were more important than the dagger jump shot he hit with 22 seconds left.

With the win, Mississippi State was able to end their six-game losing streak to Alabama.

"It's not at all the spoiler role but what we use is the fact that these teams we're playing are fighting to get in the NCAA Tournament so we know we'll get their best effort," said Ben Howland. "So the motivation is to understand what a high level we're going to have to play at to be able to compete against these teams."

Mississippi State will stay on the road for their second straight game, as they visit College Station to face Texas A&M Wednesday night. Bulldog fans can catch the game on ESPN 2, with tip-off slated for 7:00 PM.