Mississippi State Bullies Oregon in Final Minutes

Bulldogs overcome 13-point second-half deficit to advance
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 22, 2008 12:38 AM CDT
Mississippi State guard Jamont Gordon, right, flies to the basket as Oregon center Mitch Platt (3) defends during their first-round NCAA game today in North Little Rock, Ark.    (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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(Newser) – It wasn’t pretty, but it was a win nonetheless for Mississippi State. Trailing Oregon for most of the game, the Bulldogs turned on the heat at just the right time, beating the Ducks 76-69  in their NCAA tournament first round game tonight, reports the AP. Charles Rhodes scored a career-high 34 points for Mississippi State, which advanced to meet top-seeded Memphis in the second round on Sunday.

Barry Stewart and Jarvis Varnado were the only other two players in double-digits for the  Bulldogs scoring 16 and 11 points respectively. Seven of Oregon’s first nine shots were from beyond the arc, as they shot an astounding 38 from 3-point range. Unfortunately, only nine went in as they blew a 13-point second half lead. Malik Hairston led the Ducks with 22 points; Oregon finished the year at 18-14.