Mississippi State 86, UAB 84
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP)—Lawrence Roberts made a short hook with 3.1 seconds left to cap a second-half rally by Mississippi State and defeat UAB 86-84 on Saturday.
Mo Finley scored a career-high 38 points for the Blazers (3-1), including UAB’s last 17.
The senior gave UAB its largest lead of the game, 73-64, on a jumper in the paint with 8:42 left. He made 15 of 21 shots from the floor and was 5-for-7 from 3-point range.
Finley’s final 3-pointer made it 81-77 with just over four minutes left, but the Bulldogs (6-0) finished the game with a 9-3 run.
Timmy Bowers gave the Bulldogs the lead on two occasions, both times by getting into the lane for jumpers, during the final two minutes.
His bank shot gave Mississippi State an 84-83 lead with 1:06 remaining.
Finley tied the game at 84 with one free throw seconds later. Then Roberts made the two biggest plays of the game.
The 6-foot-9 transfer from Baylor grabbed an offensive rebound after Winsome Frazier missed a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left to allow the Bulldogs to set up for a final shot.
Mississippi State ran the clock down before going inside to Roberts, who hit the game-winner while surrounded by defenders.
Roberts had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Bowers and Frazier each scored 18 points for Mississippi State. Shane Power added 10 points and Branden Vincent had eight points and 12 rebounds.
The Bulldogs struggled making free throws, but shot plenty of them. Mississippi State was 26-for-43 from the line, while the Blazers were just 6-for-13 from the stripe.
Ronell Taylor had 13 points for the Blazers, who shot nearly 65 percent in the first half.