MSU Defeats USA 71-62

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Timmy Bowers scored 21 points and Mississippi State held off a late rally to defeat South Alabama 71-62 on Wednesday night.

Bowers scored 16 of his points in the first half and was 4-for-10 from the 3-point line for the Bulldogs (2-0).

Branden Vincent added 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Winsome Frazier had 14 points.

Chris Young scored 23 points for South Alabama (0-2). He was 6-for-9 from the 3-point line. Michael Phillips added 13 points.

Mississippi State had a 48-36 advantage early in the second half when South Alabama scored 15 straight points to take a 51-48 lead with just over 10 minutes to play.

The Bulldogs went nearly eight minutes without a point during the run.

Mississippi State responded with an 8-2 spurt, capped by a three-point play by Roberts with 8:50 remaining to take a 56-53 lead. The Bulldogs did not trail again.

The Bulldogs shot 44 percent from the floor while holding the Jaguars to 40 percent shooting.

Mississippi State outrebounded the Jaguars 45-27, and the Bulldogs had 20 offensive rebounds.

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