STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State has enjoyed plenty of
one-sided romps for coach Rick Stansbury, but nothing like this.
Lawrence Roberts had 19 points and 15 rebounds, and the Bulldogs (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today; No. 18 AP) routed Auburn 90-53 on Wednesday night in
their most lopsided Southeastern Conference victory in Stansbury's
The 37-point margin of victory surpassed the previous best,
which was also set at Auburn's expense in February 2002 when
Mississippi State routed the Tigers 89-53.
This one came in the teams' SEC opener, and it gave notice that
the league's reigning regular-season champions are thinking about a
"Our depth, our ability to get easy baskets -- particularly in
the second half -- just took a toll on them, and we just wore them
down," Stansbury said.
Winsome Frazier and Jamall Edmonson each had 12 points for the
Bulldogs (13-2), who shot 50 percent from the field to win their
eighth straight over Auburn (9-5) and seventh straight victory this
It was a predictably punishing performance on the glass for
Mississippi State, which had as many rebounds as Auburn had points
and outrebounded the Tigers 53-33.
"We did what we were supposed to do tonight on those backboards
-- we are supposed to outrebound them," Stansbury said.
Mississippi State's starting front line -- 6-foot-9 Roberts and
7-2 Wesley Morgan, who replaced 7-foot Marcus Campbell in the
lineup -- overpowered Auburn, which started four guards and a
forward with no starter taller than 6-6.
Smaller lineups "tend to come out and play hard. You've just
got to make sure you don't get into a shoving battle with them,"
Roberts said. "But the taller guys are going to prevail every
Mississippi State used a 21-6 run early in the second half to
break the game open. Frazier had two 3-pointers and Ontario Harper
had six points during the spurt, which gave the Bulldogs a 58-33
lead with 12:12 remaining.
It was the third straight game Roberts had double-figures in
both points and rebounds, and the reigning SEC player of the year
was one rebound shy of that by halftime.
"A lot of times, he posted up and I couldn't even see our guy
behind him," first-year Auburn coach Jeff Lebo said. "It was like
five-on-four out there."
"The only chance we had in this game was to make shots," Lebo
said. "I felt decent at (halftime), and in the second half, it
just snowballed on us and we couldn't find a way to stop them."
The guard-heavy Tigers were just 3-of-18 from beyond the arc in
the first half, were held to 25 percent shooting from the field in
the half and shot 26 percent for the game.
Auburn took its only lead when a 3-pointer by Douglas made it
21-20 with 8:19 left in the first half.
Mississippi State scored six quick points in the following
minute as part of a 17-4 spurt to close the half. Ervin's 3-pointer
at the buzzer capped the run and made it 37-25.
Auburn hasn't beaten Mississippi State since a 60-56 victory in
Afterward, Stansbury said he suspended Campbell for the game for
an unspecified violation of team conduct rules. The coach said
Campbell's violation wasn't serious, and he is expected back for
Saturday's game at Mississippi.