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Auburn leads early, but falls

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — More and more, Mississippi State’s Barry Stewart is finding himself in the right place at the right time.

Stewart, the Southeastern Conference’s reigning freshman of the week, had a game-high 22 points and hit two crucial 3-pointers to secure his team’s 87-76 victory over Auburn on Saturday, adding another high point to his surprising debut season.

“We knew with the zone they ran that we were going to get a lot of shots,” Stewart said. “We just had to make them.”

Stewart’s determination and key game-turning shots continue to amaze Bulldogs coach Rick Stansbury.

“Has anyone ever seen him show any emotion?” Stansbury asked.

“I love his consistency, and a great work ethic. I just don’t see a freshman wall for him.
He has no freshman in him at all.”

Auburn led by as much as nine in the first half, but Stewart stepped up for the Bulldogs (11-6, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) with the Tigers (12-8, 2-3) leading 55-53 with just under 12 minutes left in the game.

Josh Dollard led the Tigers with 19 points. Quan Prowell added 12, while Korvotney Barber and Rasheem Barrett each added 10.

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