Mississippi State traveled to Auburn looking for their first SEC road win of the season. Behind the 19 points and 10 rebounds of sophomore Mario Austin, Mississippi State did just that with a 72-64 victory. "> Mississippi State traveled to Auburn looking for their first SEC road win of the season. Behind the 19 points and 10 rebounds of sophomore Mario Austin, Mississippi State did just that with a 72-64 victory. ">

BULLDOGS DEFEAT AUBURN 72-64

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/coaches/basketball/stansbury120-158.jpg" align="left" width="120" height="158"> Mississippi State traveled to Auburn looking for their first SEC road win of the season. Behind the 19 points and 10 rebounds of sophomore Mario Austin, Mississippi State did just that with a 72-64 victory.

"To win on the road was very special," said Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury. "It was something that they team had not done. I thought we had played well in our three (SEC) road games, but just not well enough to win Tonight we put our best minutes together. It wasn't perfect, but I thought we played with great focus, especially in the second half."

Mississippi State led at the half by four.

Mississippi State put the game away with an 8-0 run with 8:53 left to play to make the score 59-50.

Mississippi State had three other players in double figures including Michael Ignerski with 13 points, Timmy Bowers with 12 and Marckell Patterson with 10.

"We thought Iggy (Ignerski) had his best game from an offensive and defensive standpoint and rebounding," said Coach Stansbury. "We needed him to step up and do that for us tonight."

Mississippi State junior point guard, Derrick Zimmerman, had an excellent night, dishing out 8 assists while not turning the ball over. He also had 2 steals and 4 points.

Auburn had two players in double figures in scoring, Marquis Daniels with 16 points and Derrick Bird with 14 points.

Mississippi State, the second leading rebounding team in the SEC and tops in the SEC in rebounding margin, outrebounded the Tigers 45-28.

"To go on the road and outrebound somebody 45-28 is huge," said Coach Stansbury. "We had 18 offensive rebounds out of those 45. That shows the effort we were playing with. I thought we did a good job keeping their big men from getting to the backboards."

Neither team shot the ball well. Mississippi State, first in the SEC in scoring percentage, hit 44% of their shots while Auburn hit 41%.

Going into the game, Auburn (9-10, 1-7 in the SEC) had won nine of its last 10 against Mississippi State.

Mississippi State, now 17-4 overall and 4-3 in the SEC, will travel to Gainesville, Florida this Saturday to take on the Florida Gators. Gametime is set for 4 p.m. central time.


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