STARKVILLE Schnider Herard scored a career-high 16 points, Lamar Peters added 14 and Mississippi State beat Texas A&M 67-59 on Saturday.
Mississippi State (12-4, 3-1 SEC) won its third straight game heading into a showdown with No. 6 Kentucky on Tuesday. Herard, a freshman, made 5 of 7 shots from the field and 6 of 8 free throws.
Peters, also a freshman, made all 11 of his free-throw attempts.
The Bulldogs leading scorer this season – sophomore Quinndary Weatherspoon – had just 13 points, but all of them came in the second half.
Texas A&M (9-7, 1-4) lost despite a 38-23 rebounding advantage. The Aggies were hurt by 22 turnovers and were also just 1 of 14 (7.1 percent) from 3-point range. Tyler Davis led Texas A&M with 16 points.
Mississippi State missed its first nine shots from the field – falling into a 10-0 hole in the process – and didn’t score a point until Peters made three free throws more than seven minutes into the game.
The Bulldogs responded quickly, scoring the next 11 points to take the lead. Herard made an acrobatic tip-in at the buzzer to give Mississippi State a 25-24 halftime lead.
The Aggies were coming off an impressive 30-point win over LSU, but couldn’t overcome the sloppy ballhandling. Texas A&M was able to get some points in the paint, but couldn’t get much production from the perimeter.
The Bulldogs are on a roll heading into Tuesday’s game with Kentucky. Herard’s good game was a welcome development for Mississippi State, which could use some more inside production.