February 9, 2008

Auburn drops fifth straight; loses to MSU

Jamont Gordon had 24 points and Ben Hansbrough added 20 more as Mississippi State cruised to a 83-64 win over Auburn Saturday night in Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum.

The loss is the fifth-straight for the Tigers, which drop to 12-10 overall and 2-7 in the SEC. The Bulldogs improved to 16-7 and remained in first place in the SEC West with a 7-2 conference record.

Gordon scored 16 of his 24 in the second half and added 13 rebounds and eight assists.

"Gordon was terrific," said AU head coach Jeff Lebo. "He's as good as anybody. He just dominates the game for them. Tez did a pretty good job on him for the most part but when he starts making 3's, you can't guard him; nobody can."

MSU dominated inside as forward Charles Rhodes scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Center Jarvis Varnado had eight points and six blocked shots.

Mississippi State held a 46-27 rebounding advantage and shot 52.1 percent from the field. Auburn shot just 33.8 percent.

"We shot the ball so poorly we didn't really have a chance," said Lebo. "They just cleaned us on the glass. When we got shots, we only got one attempt at it."

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