Recap: South Carolina vs. Miss State
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - Brian Bryant scored 16 points, including a lay-up at the buzzer in overtime to lead the Mississippi State Bulldogs to a 69-67 victory over the South Carolina Gamecocks in a Southeastern Conference tilt at Colonial Life Arena.
Three Bulldogs (20-10, 7-8 SEC) joined Bryant in double-doubles, as Arnett Moultrie scored 15 points, Renardo Sidney finished with 12 points, and Dee Bost added 13 points which he accompanied with 11 assists. Sidney and Moultrie were also very active on the glass, as they yanked down 14 rebounds and 12 rebounds, respectively.
Bruce Ellington led the Gamecocks (10-19, 2-13) with 17 points, while Damontre Harris registered his own double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Malik Cooke chipped in 11 points as South Carolina lost its fourth straight and for the ninth time in 10 games.
Mississippi State shot well to start the game, connecting on 54.5 percent of its attempts from the field. South Carolina made just 35.5 percent of its field goals in the opening frame which allowed the Bulldogs to go into halftime ahead, 33-26.
In the second half, the Gamecocks mounted their comeback by shooting 42.9 percent from the field while holding the Bulldogs to just 34.5 percent accuracy. South Carolina used a late 5-0 run to turn a two-point deficit into a 58-55 lead with just 1:18 to play. Moultrie sank two free-throws with 10 seconds on the clock to tie the score less than a minute later. An Ellington jumper at the buzzer was off the mark, which sent the contest into overtime deadlocked, 60-60.
In the extra session, the teams traded leads. Anthony Gill managed a tip-in with 13 seconds left in overtime that tied the score up, 67-67, which set the stage for Bryant's game-winner which snapped the Bulldogs' five-game losing streak.
Mississippi State outscored South Carolina, 36-28, in the paint. The Bulldogs converted 12 Gamecock turnovers into 19 points.Game Notes