COLLEGE STATION, Texas — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team overcame a four-point halftime deficit to defeat Texas A&M 63-57 Wednesday night inside Reed Arena.
MSU shot 26-for-49 (53.1%), including 8-for-19 (42.1%) on 3-pointers. The Bulldogs dished out 18 assists, including 10 assists on its 13 second-half field goals.
Texas A&M (8-8, 2-7 SEC), which was playing its first game in 32 days, was led by sophomore forward Emanuel Miller with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds. Senior guard Quenton Jackson added 13 points and senior guard Savion Flagg added 12.
The Aggies shot 22-for-69 (31.9%) from the field and 4-for-25 (16.0%) from 3-point range.
Texas A&M took a 10-point lead with 11:31 left in the first half when Miller’s jumper made it 18-8. The Bulldogs then scored the next 10 points to tie things up at 18-18.
The teams went into the halftime break with Texas A&M leading 33-29.
Flagg reached 1,000 career points with a layup off his own steal to give the Aggies a 40-36 lead with 14:33 left in the second half, but the Bulldogs outscored Texas A&M 15-9 to start the half to take a 44-42 lead with 12:04 left in the game.
A dunk by Smith gave the Bulldogs a 10-point lead at 56-46. A jumper by Flagg cut MSU’s lead to 59-55 with 3:16 left, but MSU held on for a 63-57 win.
The Bulldogs conclude the regular season on Saturday against Auburn inside Auburn Arena. Tip time is set for noon CT and will be televised by SEC Network.