Scores

Final

Mississippi St 67

(5-5, 0-0 away)

South Alabama 71

(7-3, 4-0 home)

    8:05 PM ET, December 15, 2007

    Mitchell Center, Mobile, Alabama

    1 2 T
    MSST 32 3567
    USA 30 4171

    Top Performers

    Mississippi State: J. Varnado 9 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl, 6 Blk

    South Alabama: D. Bennett 39 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    South Alabama 71, Mississippi St. 67

    Associated Press

    MOBILE, Ala. (AP) -- Demetric Bennett scored a career-high 39 points and hit two free throws with 9 seconds left, lifting South Alabama to a 71-67 win over Mississippi State Saturday night in the Coors Classic.

    The Jaguars (7-3), who trailed by 13 points midway through the second half, were leading by two when Mississippi State's Jamont Gordon missed a shot with 15 seconds left.

    Charles Rhodes grabbed the rebound and drew a foul but missed both free throw attempts. That forced the Bulldogs (5-5) to quickly foul Bennett, who made just about everything including the decisive free throws.

    He hit 14 of 17 shots and all six 3-point attempts while scoring South Alabama's first 20 points. Bennett's previous high was 29 points against North Texas last season.

    The Jaguars were 10-of-17 from 3-point range while holding the Bulldogs to 38 percent shooting.

    Mississippi State had won the first 10 meetings in the series.

    The Bulldogs pushed their lead to 57-44 midway through the second half, but Daon Merritt started an 18-1 run with two straight baskets. Merritt's 3-pointer and a basket by Domonic Tilford gave the Jaguars a 62-58 lead with 3:59 left.

    Merritt had 14 points and hit four 3s for the Jaguars.

    Phil Turner led Mississippi State with 17 points while Ben Hansbrough had 16 and Charles Rhodes 10.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MSST
    USA
    Points 67 71
    FG Made-Attempted 23-61 (.377) 26-53 (.491)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-30 (.300) 10-17 (.588)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-24 (.500) 9-21 (.429)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 6

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