Bryce Brown scored 18 points and Mustapha Heron added 17 to help Auburn hold off a Mississippi State comeback attempt and win 98-92 Tuesday night.
The Tigers (16-8, 5-6 Southeastern Conference) raced to a 20-point halftime lead behind a barrage of eight 3s, then held on for dear life when those outside shots quit falling.
Mississippi State (14-9, 5-6), which had just rallied from a 19-point deficit to beat Tennessee, couldn’t quite stage a repeat performance after trailing 48-28 at halftime. The Bulldogs trimmed a 21-point deficit down to 91-86 with 51 seconds left to put a scare into Auburn.
Lamar Peters hit 5 of 6 free throws in a 16-second span to keep Mississippi State within range.
Quinndary Weatherspoon led the Bulldogs with 25 points and nine rebounds. Peters scored 23 and made 10 of 11 free throws. Mario Kegler scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half before fouling out.
Mississippi State hosts No. 19 South Carolina, which lost 90-86 to Alabama in quadruple overtime, on Tuesday.
Auburn visits Mississippi Saturday seeking its third straight road win.