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The now No. 17-ranked Auburn basketball team scored 52 points in the second half to defeat Mississippi State 76-68 on Saturday.

But while you could swap the latter two around, it's clear that the Tigers are the best team in the SEC to this point. "It's the team that can get ready to play night in and night out". "We had much more assists in the second half".

Malik Dunbar hit a 3 with 10:23 remaining to make it a one-point game, and two Desean Murray free throws and a jumper gave Auburn a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the afternoon. "And just like that game, we stayed composed, stayed together, and we actually played better in the second half because we rebounded better and played more together".

SEC teams lead the nation with 56 Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 2 wins (as of January 12).

"There's a prize on our head", Pearl said.

Bulldogs big man Abdul Ado scored eight of his 10 points in the second half and grabbed 11 rebounds. We don't play the second half like we play the first half. "We had an 11-point lead at halftime and to watch that dissipate was tough".

"They were just consistent with what they were doing in the first half which was take shots", Adu said.

The loss was MSU's third in a row after upsetting Arkansas to start Southeastern Conference play and dropped the Bulldogs to 13-4 and 1-3 in the league.

Mississippi State was led by Weatherspoon's 14 points. "We've got to come out like we play in the first half".

That first half saw Weatherspoon and junior forward Aric Holman lead the team offensively with help from freshman guard Nick Weatherspoon and sophomore Lamar Peters. Brown led the way with 23 points, 15 of which came in the second half.

Auburn is now 4-1 in games where it has trailed by double digits.

This time, it won back-to-back games and moved up five spots.

Auburn, which sits alone atop the SEC standings, will square off against two rivals this week, traveling to Tuscaloosa on Wednesday to face Alabama and hosting Georgia on Saturday. The Tigers showed they can win a hard road game even when their shots aren't always falling.

MSU will play host to Vanderbilt on Tuesday before playing at Alabama and at Kentucky.



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