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Updated: Wednesday, March 3, 2004 12:51 AM EST
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(5) Mississippi St 105, Auburn 91

STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- No. 5 Mississippi State continues to make its case for a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Winsome Frazier scored a career-high 26 points as Mississippi State overwhelmed Auburn on Senior Night, 105-91 in a Southeastern Conference contest.

Mississippi State (24-2, 13-2 SEC West) has long established itself as the top team in the SEC this season. The Bulldogs have their sights set on bigger things and may be in line for a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

"It has taken a long time to get to this point," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "I give the players all the credit. It was very obvious early who would win this game. St. Joseph's, Stanford and Duke are different from us. They return four or five of the starters from last season. We didn't return that and that is what makes this team special."

Frazier made 8-of-14 shots, including 6-of-11 from beyond the arc. Shane Power added 17 points. Mississippi State tied a school record by making 14 3-pointers (14-of-30).

"I had confidence going into this game," Frazier said. "They kept feeding me the ball, the basket was wide open tonight."

The Bulldogs have won three straight overall and seven in a row over the Tigers. They posted a 73-68 victory at Auburn on January 31.

"I don't think anybody would have beaten this team tonight," Auburn coach Cliff Ellis said. "They made some unbelievable shots. That is a heck of a team, if they play like they did tonight they could go all the way."

Most of the starters weren't around for the end of this one as the Bulldogs led by as many as 25 points late in the second half.

SEC player of the year candidate Lawrence Roberts, who transferred from Baylor, recorded his fifteenth double-double of the season with 12 points and 15 rebounds.

"I don' think anyone expected (winning the SEC)," Roberts said. "It's a 180 degree turn for me. It's great and I'm enjoying it, but we'll get back to work tomorrow."

Mississippi State's 105 points is a season high and the time it reached the century mark since scoring exactly 100 against Alabama A&M on December 2, 2002.

Auburn (13-13, 4-11) was led by Brandon Robinson, starting in place of the suspended Marco Killingsworth, with a season-high 24 points. The Tigers have dropped four straight.

Killingsworth, the Tigers' leading scorer, was suspended one game for throwing a punch against Tennessee Saturday. It was the first game missed in his 82-game career.


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