NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Lamar Peters scored 28 points to lead No. 22 Mississippi State to a wire-to-wire 81-62 win over Clemson in the first game of the Never Forget Tribute Classic on Saturday.
Quinndary Weatherspoon had 20 points for Mississippi State (8-1), which has won five straight. The Bulldogs shot 63 percent from 3-point range. Peters was 8 of 11 from beyond the arc.
Clemson (6-3) got 23 points from Aamir Simms and 18 points from Elijah Thomas.
Weatherspoon's 3-pinter from the top of the key put Mississippi State ahead 74-60 with 6:13 remaining, capping a 9-0 run. Clemson did not get closer than eight points the rest of the way after closing within five points a few times earlier in the second half.
The Bulldogs shot 56 percent (10 of 18) from 3-point range in the first half to take a 42-34 lead. They led by as many 19 points in the half.
Mississippi State connected on 19 of its 30 3-pointers.
Clemson suffered its worst loss of the season. It had lost to Creighton and Nebraska by a combined five points.
The Bulldogs are off until next Saturday when they host Wofford.
Clemson has a week off before it hosts Cincinnati next Saturday.
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