The Bulldogs had rallied from a nine-point second-half deficit against Auburn on Jan. 30 to win 78-73 and topped it this time. They made their last seven shots of the third quarter to start the comeback.
Alexander tied the game 79-all on a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left in regulation and neither team scored after that. Andra Espinoza missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer after Mississippi State forced a 10-second violation.
In the end, the Bulldogs avoided a second straight loss.
“We just lost to Kentucky,” Carter said of the team’s mentality after falling behind. “We can’t lose two in a row so just knowing we had to find a way to win.”
Mississippi State shot 36 of 65 (55.4%) and outrebounded Auburn 38-26. Has won seven of its last eight games.
Auburn had a stretch of nearly eight minutes without a field goal stretching well into overtime. Alexander and Thompson combined for 24 of the Tigers first 28 points.