By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Quinndary Weatherspoon had 14 of his 18 points in the second half while younger brother Nick Weatherspoon had 17 points to lead Mississippi State to an 81-76 victory over South Carolina on Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs (16-6, 4-5 Southeastern Conference) won an SEC road game - and consecutive league games - for the first time all season. Mississippi State also ended a four-game losing streak at South Carolina (13-9, 4-5), which dated back to 2012.
The Weatherspoons were a big reason why.
Nick led the way in the opening half with 13 points, including a driving layup right before time expired to send the Bulldogs into the break ahead 37-36. Quinndary took over after that, scoring seven points in an 18-8 run midway through the period as Mississippi State built a 57-48 lead.
The Gamecocks rallied back and cut the lead to a point several times, the last one on Hassani Gravett's driving layup with 4:50 to go. But Quinndary Weathspoon answered with a 3-pointer and the Gamecocks could not get closer than three points the rest of the way.
Wesley Myers had a chance to tie the game in the final minute with South Carolina trailing 77-74, but his 3-pointer was off the mark with 27 seconds left. Aric Holman followed with a thunder dunk for the Bulldogs about 10 seconds later to end the drama.
It's the 13th time in 22 games that a Weatherspoon has led the scoring for Mississippi State.
Frank Booker had a career high 25 points to lead the Gamecocks, who have lost three of their past four games and all of them at home. Booker's previous high was 22 against Middle Tennessee in January 2017 when he played for Florida Atlantic.
Freshman Abdul Ado had a career best 16 points and nine rebounds for Mississippi State before fouling out with 2:20 left.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs didn't get to the foul line much, but made their chances count. Mississippi State shot 12 fewer free throws than South Carolina, but made 14 of their 15 tries. It's a solid formula to close out tight games.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks appeared a bit sluggish in the first game against a non-ranked opponent in two-and-half weeks. Starting point guard Wesley Myers, a big reason South Carolina beat Top 25 teams Kentucky and Florida, had four turnovers and zero assists the first 20 minutes. He finished with five turnovers and one assist.
Mississippi State starts a two-game home stand against Georgia on Saturday night
South Carolina hits the road to play Texas A&M on Saturday.
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