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Mississippi St. 82, Santa Clara 69

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi State outscored Santa Clara
16-3 in overtime and beat the Broncos 82-69 on Saturday.

Jamont Gordon led the Bulldogs (5-2) with 20 points, hitting 4
of 5 attempts from 3-point range. Jamall Edmondson followed with 19
points.

Reginald Delk had six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points,
and Charles Rhodes had 11. Edmondson's 3-point basket with 1:11
left in overtime gave the Bulldogs a 9-point lead.

Santa Clara made just 1 of 8 shots in the extra period, missing
six three-pointers. The Bulldogs, who lost their only other
overtime game this season, hit all four of their shots in the extra
period.

The Broncos (3-2) had a chance to win in regulation, but Brody
Angley's fade away jumper with 2 seconds left ricocheted off the
rim.

Mississippi State made a season-high 14 3-pointers, and shot 52
percent from the field -- including 50 percent from beyond the arc.

The Broncos shot only 36 percent from the field, only making 3
of 19 3-point attempts in the second half and overtime.

Santa Clara was led by forward Travis Niesen's 22 points.

Angley added 17 points, hitting five 3s. Santa Clara had its
largest lead of the game at 61-57 with 4:00 to play in the second
half, but Delk hit back-to-back 3s to tie the game.

A Niesen lay up gave the Broncos a 65-63 lead with under 1
minute to play, but Gordon hit a 3 with 43 seconds to go to give
State a 1-point lead. Niesen hit one free throw with 24 seconds
left to send the game into overtime.

Santa Clara finished the half with three consecutive 3-pointers
and went 7-of-16 from 3-point range.

Mississippi State leads the series against the Broncos 3-0. The
Bulldogs beat Santa Clara 66-61 in overtime in 2003.

After playing seven games in 14 days, Mississippi State will get
a week off before facing Troy on Dec. 10.