McCowan leads Mississippi St over Clemson 85-61 in NCAAs

McCowan scores game-high 30 points in final home game

McCowan leads Mississippi St over Clemson 85-61 in NCAAs
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STARKVILLE, MS (AP) - Teaira McCowan had 30 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks to help No. 1 seed Mississippi State roll to an 85-61 win over ninth-seeded Clemson on Sunday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Anriel Howard added 21 points for Mississippi State (32-2), which has won 10 straight games in a streak that's lasted more than a month. The Bulldogs were in control throughout Sunday night, jumping out to a 23-10 lead by the end of the first quarter.

McCowan made 14 of 17 shots, repeatedly getting good position close to the rim for easy buckets. Howard shot 6 of 12 from the field and grabbed 14 rebounds. Jordan Danberry added 18 points.

Clemson (20-13) briefly rallied in the third quarter, pulling within 59-46 on Danielle Edwards' 3-pointer late in the third quarter. But the Bulldogs scored the last three points of the third quarter and slowly rebuilt the big lead.

Edwards and Simone Westbrook both scored 14 points for Clemson.

Mississippi State opened in a suffocating full-court press that forced Clemson into 12 first-half turnovers. The Bulldogs scored 16 points off of those miscues and pushed to a 41-22 lead by the break.

BIG PICTURE

Clemson: The Tigers' surprise season comes to an end, but losing to Mississippi State on the Bulldogs' home court is no reason to be ashamed. Coach Amanda Butler has built a solid foundation after leading the program to its first NCAA Tournament since 2002 and its first tourney win since 2001.

Mississippi State: It was all business for the Bulldogs, who got the big win in front of a packed Humphrey Coliseum. Things should get tougher when they head to Portland, Oregon, next weekend.

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