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Mississippi State edges Furman in last minute

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Mississippi State guard Iverson Molinar (1) battles with Kentucky guard Davion Mintz (10) during the second half of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, March 11, 2021.Uk Ms Sec 031121 An 029
Mississippi State guard Iverson Molinar (1) battles with Kentucky guard Davion Mintz (10) during the second half of the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament game at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday, March 11, 2021.Uk Ms Sec 031121 An 029

Garrison Brooks scored 18 points and Mississippi State rallied in the final minute to edge Furman 69-66 in a non-conference game Friday night in Starkville, Miss.

Iverson Molinar and D.J. Jeffries each scored 14 points and Shakeel Moore added 12 for the Bulldogs (8-3).

Alex Hunter scored 30 points, Jalen Slawson added 13 and Conley Garrison had 10 to lead the Paladins (7-5).

Cameron Mathews made a steal, leading to Moore’s layup that gave the Bulldogs the lead for good at 67-66 with 49 seconds left.

After Slawson missed a 3-pointer, Molinar made a free throw to push the lead to 68-66 with 21 seconds left.

Garrison missed a 3-pointer, Jeffries made a free throw and Hunter missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Moore made a 3-pointer to give MSU a 39-26 lead early in the second half.

The Paladins pulled within 43-34 on Alex Williams’ 3-pointer, but they couldn’t get any closer for four minutes.

Then Hunter made a 3-pointer to start an 11-0 run that gave Furman a 48-47 lead midway through the half.

Derek Fountain’s jumper quickly put MSU back on top, but Hunter answered with two 3-pointers that gave the Paladins a 54-50 lead.

The lead grew to six as the Bulldogs went nearly three minutes without a field goal.

Molinar’s 3-pointer ended the field-goal drought and Jeffries added a basket to pull MSU within a point.

Slawson made a basket, but Molinar answered with two free throws that left Furman with a 66-65 lead with 1:16 remaining.

The Paladins took their final lead of the first half at 8-7 on a 3-pointer by Slawson.

Brooks made two 3-pointers and scored 10 points during an 18-0 run that gave the Bulldogs a 25-8 lead.

Hunter’s 3-pointer ended Furman’s nearly six-minute scoring drought with 7:37 left in the half.

MSU extended the lead to 29-11 before Hunter scored five points to help the Paladins get within nine points.

Brooks made two free throws to conclude the first-half scoring and give the Bulldogs a 35-24 halftime lead.

–Field Level Media