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Jalen Steele and his MSU teammates battle South Carolina at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday in Columbia.
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Bulldogs Close Out Road Slate At South Carolina

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March 05, 2013
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Following a huge win against in an intense rivalry clash, Mississippi State looks to build momentum in a road contest at South Carolina Wednesday.

Fans can access the 6 p.m. tilt on ESPN3.com, with Mike Gleason and Nate Ross providing courtside commentary.

The Bulldogs (8-20, 3-13) put in arguably their best performance of the season in a 73-67 victory against archrival Ole Miss on Saturday. Colin Borchert netted a season-high 21 points to pace the Maroon and White, while Craig Sword dished out a career-best nine assists.

MSU was stellar on the defensive end as they held the Rebels to 25-of-74 shooting from the field. The Bulldogs kept Marshall Henderson in check, holding the SEC's leading scorer to 4-of-19 shooting.

The Gamecocks (13-16, 3-13) are coming off a setback to Texas A&M over the weekend. Michael Carrera scored 16 points for USC, while Bruce Ellington added 10.

In the conference opener for both squads, Mississippi State won a thrilling 56-54 showdown against South Carolina on Jan. 12. The Bulldogs won despite not making a 3-pointer for the first time since 2005.

MSU owns a seven-game winning streak in the series dating back to 2008, including five victories in its last six trips to Columbia since 2002.

"You know what, I don't want to hearken back on that South Carolina win because what happened is we forced so many turnovers and scored a lot of points off of turnovers, so we're going to have to find another way to win the ball game," MSU coach Rick Ray said. "I don't imagine South Carolina will turn the basketball over that much against us again. We're going to have to find a way to manufacture some points and get another way to win."

Sword and Jalen Steele lead the Maroon and White in scoring with 9.7 points per outing. Gavin Ware grabs a team-best 6.4 rebounds per game.

Carrera leads the Gamecocks in scoring (10.4 points) and rebounding (7.2) points.

Following Wednesday's showdown, the Bulldogs will host Auburn in the regular season finale. Fox Sports South will televise the 4 p.m. matchup at Humphrey Coliseum.

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