Mississippi State 81, Ole Miss 75, men's college basketball final

For Starkville Daily News

Dynamic performances courtesy of Quinndary Weatherspoon and Reggie Perry coupled with key defensive stops during the closing moments propelled No. 22 Mississippi State to a thrilling victory over Ole Miss on Saturday at The Pavilion.

In the process, the Bulldogs (16-5, 4-4 SEC) picked up their first win in Oxford since 2010-11 to end a seven-game skid and registered their fourth comeback victory this season.

It marked Mississippi State’s first SEC road home halftime comeback going back to 2011-12 when the Bulldogs erased a 39-28 deficit to win 78-77 in overtime at Vanderbilt on Jan. 21, 2012. The four halftime comeback wins also are the most for the program in a single-season dating back to the 2010-11.

For Weatherspoon, he equaled his season’s best with 27 points on 8-of-13 from the floor highlighted by a trio of 3-pointers. He also was an efficient 8-of-9 at the free-throw line, all coming during the second half. The Canton native stuffed the stat sheet and brought down eight rebounds along with four steals and two assists. Mississippi State moved to 22-2 and has won 14 straight games over the last two seasons when Weatherspoon provides 20-plus points.

Perry dialed up a career-high 21 points and hauled down seven of his 11 rebounds on the offensive end. He drained the go-ahead trey that put the Bulldogs ahead for good at 76-73 with 3:32 remaining and hit on 7-of-9 at the charity stripe. It marked Perry’s third consecutive game in double figures and the second time in the last three outings with a double-double.

For more on the game and Joel Coleman's column from Oxford, see Sunday's Starkville Daily News or continue reading starkviledailynews.com.