The Auburn men's basketball team couldn't complete another late-game surge against a Southeastern Conference opponent Wednesday, losing against Mississippi State 82-74.
Auburn (8-8), still winless in the SEC, had another opportunity to end its 15-game conference losing streak, but was unable to trim the Bulldogs' lead any further than four points in the final minute. Mississippi State (13-5, 3-2 SEC) closed out the game by hitting seven of the team's final eight free throws.
There wasn't much help from the bench for the Tigers. The reserve players were held scoreless and combined for two rebounds, a block and three assists. The Bulldogs' bench combined for 28 points.
Auburn junior guard KT Harrell led all scorers with 24 points while freshman guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen contributed a career-high 17 points. Senior guard Chris Denson, the conference's leading scorer, was held to 9 points, shooting only 33 percent.
The Bulldogs had four players in double figures. Forward Roquez Johnson led the team with 18 points.
"We had our moments," Auburn coach Tony Barbee said via ModBee.com. "But we didn't have enough of them."
Auburn will travel to Bud Walton Arena Jan. 25 to play Arkansas (12-6, 1-4 SEC).