MSU Falls to South Alabama

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Demetric Bennett scored a career-high 39 points and hit two free throws with 9 seconds left in South Alabama's 71-67 win over Mississippi State Saturday night in the Coors Classic.

The Jaguars (7-3), who trailed by 13 points midway through the second half, were leading by two when Mississippi State missed a basket and two Charles Rhodes free throws with 11 seconds left. That forced the Bulldogs (5-5) to quickly foul Bennett.

He hit 14 of 17 shots and all six 3-point attempts while scoring South Alabama's first 20 points. Bennett's previous high was 29 points against North Texas last season.

Mississippi State had won the first 10 meetings in the series.

Daon Merritt had 14 points for South Alabama.

Phil Turner led Mississippi State with 17 points while Ben Hansbrough had 16 and Charles Rhodes 10.

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