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Late Run Pushes #2 Seeded Mississippi State To the SEC Semifinals

The Mississippi State Bulldogs ended a 2 game losing streak by defeating the LSU Tigers 78-61

From Left, Roshunda Johnson, Zion Campbell, Dominque Dillingham, Breanna Richardson, and Victoria Vivians celebrate a 78-61 win over LSU.
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Mississippi State was coming off 2 tough losses. An OT loss to Kentucky, and an 18 point loss at home(in front of a record 10,500 fans) to a Tennessee squad that lost its first game of the SEC Tournament to #12 seeded Alabama. It’s safe to say Mississippi State needed a win badly and win they did receive. Mississippi State had a 56-51 lead with 5:23 to play, but the Bulldogs used a 22-10 run to end the game.

Morgan William led the way with 21 points. McCowan added 15 points to give the Bulldogs a comfortable win.

“We had to go back to playing our style which is defense” William said in an interview after the game “That’s how we get our points, which is in transition and our press which can get people to turn it over”

Mississippi State will face sixth seeded Texas A&M today at 6:30 pm ct in the SEC Semifinals. The game can be seen on ESPNU and WatchESPN. If the Bulldogs were to win they would face either Kentucky or South Carolina in the Championship game.

The path to winning the Championship will not be easy for Mississippi State. Facing a tough Aggies squad for the 3rd time and facing a Kentucky or South Carolina squad that gave the Bulldogs 2 out of their 3 losses this season is difficult. But winning a championship is a goal for this squad, and there’s no better way to begin that path than defeating LSU to advance to the semifinals.