COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome Texas A&M’s sharpshooting as the Bulldogs dropped an 87-75 contest to the Aggies Saturday afternoon at Reed Arena.
The Bulldogs fall to 17-10 (8-6 SEC), while the Aggies improve to 14-12 (8-6 SEC).
MSU got on the board to start the game, but Texas A&M scored the next eight points to take an 8-2 lead with 15:04 left in the first half.
Trailing 12-9 with 12:12 to go in the half, the Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run and put the Bulldogs ahead 18-12 at the 9:17 mark.
However, the Aggies closed the first half on a 14-8 surge and led 36-30 at the break.
Texas A&M went up by nine points with 18:37 to play, but the Bulldogs worked their way back to within two points at 41-39.
MSU kept it close until the Aggies used a 10-2 run to make it 56-46 with 11:51 to go. They then grew their largest lead of 14 points at 65-51 with 8:08 left.
Four consecutive 3-pointers by senior guard Tyson Carter pulled the Bulldogs to 68-62 with five minutes left but they didn’t get closer as they dropped a 87-75 contest.
Carter made five 3-pointers and scored 19 points to lead the Bulldog offense. Sophomore guard Robert Woodard II added 18 points, sophomore forward Reggie Perry had 14 and junior guard Nick Weatherspoon finished with 11.
As a team, the Bulldogs shot 29-of-60 (48.3%) from the field, 8-of-18 (44.4%) from 3-point range and 9-of-10 shots from the foul line (90.0%).
The Aggies shot 31-of-52 (59.6%) from the field, 9-of-17 (52,9%) from beyond the arc and 16-of-18 (88.9%) from the charity stripe.
The Bulldogs will now return home returns home for a contest with Alabama on Tuesday. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by SEC Network.