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Updated: Saturday, January 22, 2005 10:49 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(19) Mississippi St 73, South Carolina 65

STARKVILLE, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Even without Lawrence Roberts for significant minutes, redemption mattered most for Mississippi State.

Roberts scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds despite second-half foul trouble, leading No. 19 Mississippi State to a 73-65 victory over South Carolina in a Southeastern Conference contest.

Four days after absorbing a 98-49 loss to Alabama, their worst in a dozen years, the Bulldogs (16-4, 4-2 SEC West) bounced back for their 10th victory in 12 games.

Roberts, a Naismith and Wooden Award candidate, posted his 10th double-double of the season before committing his fourth foul with 12:14 remaining.

But Jamall Edmondson scored eight points, including a pair of 3-pointers, to help the Bulldogs go on a 20-9 run over the next eight minutes and take the lead for good.

Edmondson, Shane Power and Marcus Campbell scored 11 points apiece and Campbell grabbed 10 rebounds for Mississippi State, which had a 40-25 rebounding edge and won its fifth straight regular season showdown with South Carolina.

Dietric Slater came off the bench to hit 5-of-6 from the floor and score a career-high 10 points for the Bulldogs.

Roberts scored 10 of the last 13 points for the Bulldogs in the first half to offset a 10-1 run by South Carolina and tie the contest 31-31 at intermission.

Tre Kelley tied a career high with 22 points and Carlos Powell scored 18 for the Gamecocks (10-6, 2-3 SEC East), who have lost all five road games this season.

South Carolina shot 58 percent (14-of-24) from the floor in the second half, but lost for the sixth time in seven trips to Starkville.


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