STARKVILLE, Miss. — Senior Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 20 points and Lamar Peters had 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals, as Mississippi State men’s basketball beat Texas A&M 92-81 on Senior Day at Humphrey Coliseum to end the 2018-2019 regular season.
MSU finishes the regular season with a 22-9 (10-8 SEC) record, while the Aggies finish the season with a 13-17 (6-12 SEC) record.
The squads traded baskets early on with the Bulldogs holding an early 10-6 lead with 15:58 to go after Peters knocked down a 3-pointer. Tyson Carter followed that up with another Bulldog 3-pointer to make it 13-6. Four of the first seven MSU field goals were 3-pointers, with Peters hitting two of them. MSU led 20-13 with 11:08 to go in the first stanza.
The Aggies then went on a mini 6-0 run to draw within a single point at 20-19. The squads continued to trade baskets until the Bulldogs put together a 9-0 run to lead 36-26 with 2:33 to go in the half before heading to the halftime break with a 46-34 lead.
After an Aggie layup began the second half, senior Aric Holman hit a 3-pointer to give the Dawgs a 49-36 lead in the opening minute of the second stanza.
A&M drew within single digits after a dunk made it 49-40, but a pair of free throws pushed the lead back to 11. The Aggies responded with a jumper to draw within nine points with 16:38 to go, but that was the last time the Bulldogs didn’t hold a double-digit lead. MSU led by as many as 20 points, as the Bulldogs grew their lead to 82-62 with 6:31 to go in the game.
The Bulldogs went on to win the regular season finale 92-81.
MSU shot 33-of-63 (52.4 percent), including 16-of-34 from 3-point range in the win. Carter led the Bulldogs with six 3-pointers on 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. He finished with 18 points and four assists. Peters’ team-leading 21 points included five 3-pointers on 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc. He also surpassed the 1,000 career point club in the process. Holman also played a key role in the win, as the senior finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and two assists. He joined Peters as the 38th and 39th players in program history to surpass 1,000 career points.
The Bulldogs will now turn their attention to the Southeastern Conference Tournament. MSU will take the floor on Thursday during the second round of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. MSU will face the winner of Texas A&M and Vanderbilt in Thursday’s quarterfinal round. Tip time is slated for approximately 8:30 p.m. CT and will be televised by SEC Network