Mississippi State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon put forth another brilliant effort in what has been an outstanding senior season, but it went to waste on Wednesday night.
Weatherspoon scored a season-high 27 points – the third time in four games he’s hit that exact total – but the Bulldogs fell at home to No. 21 LSU by a score of 92-88 in overtime.
Reggie Perry, who on Monday was picked as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week for his efforts last week, had another strong effort for MSU in a losing effort. Perry notched a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds – his fourth double-double of the season – but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers (18-4, 8-1) prevailed over the Bulldogs (16-6, 4-5).
“We had no answer for Weatherspoon and Perry,” LSU head coach Will Wade said. “They were phenomenal, but we found a way to get it to overtime and win.
“We’ll certainly take it.”
LSU forward Naz Reid and guard Tremont Waters paced the Tigers. Reid scored a game-high 29 points. Waters added 26.
It was Reid though who seemed to haunt MSU the most. He just missed a double-double, as he had nine boards to go along with his 29 points, and he also hit perhaps the game’s biggest shot.
With the Tigers up 89-88 with only 15 seconds left, Reid drilled a 3-pointer that extended the LSU lead to four and essentially ended all hope for State.
It was a disappointing ending for the Bulldogs, who led for the majority of the game. Mississippi State trailed 16-8 midway through the first half before a 17-0 run turned around the Bulldogs’ fortunes. MSU surged ahead 18-16 on a dunk by Nick Weatherspoon. By the end of the run, State was up 25-16.
By the second half, the Bulldogs were able to build a 10-point lead with 15:39 to go.
However LSU didn’t fold. The Tigers fought back and tied things up at 78-all with 3:12 left. The score then went back and forth down the stretch before the contest went to overtime knotted at 83.
Reid took over for LSU in the overtime period. He scored seven of the nine points for the Tigers in the extra frame to sink Mississippi State.
“That was an absolutely gut-wrenching loss,” MSU head coach Ben Howland said.
It’s a quick turnaround for the Bulldogs as they look to bounce back. MSU hosts No. 5 Kentucky at home on Saturday at noon.