Bowers Power Leads MSU Past Tulane

Mississippi State, led by reserve Timmy Bowers' 22 points and Derrick Zimmerman's 11 rebounds and 11 assists, seized a 44-30 halftime lead Saturday and held off Tulane late in the second half en route to a 77-66 victory. Mississippi State (13-1) made 70 percent (19-of-27) of the field goals it attempted in the first half while holding Tulane (8-2) to just 37.8 percent (14-of-37) field goal accuracy. The Bulldogs finished with 65 percent shooting (32-of-49), Tulane 40 percent (27-of-67). Mississippi State also finished with a 34-27 rebounding advantage, getting 27 of its rebounds on the defensive end. Trailing for most of the game, Tulane _ which lost for the first time at home this season _ cut the lead to 66-60 with 7:39 to play, but three straight turnovers cost the Green Wave down the stretch. Defensively, Tulane held Mississippi State to five field goals in the final seven minutes, and Brandon Spann hit four straight free throws to cut the lead to six at 72-66 with 2:39 to go. But that would be the final points the Green Wave would score. Mario Austin added 15 points for Mississippi State, while Michal Ignerski added 13 and Marckell Patterson 10. Brandon Brown's 21 points led Tulane. Brandon Brown added 18 points and Wayne Tinsley 10 for the Green Wave.