Victoria Vivians scored 24 points and Breanna Richardson hit a crucial 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining to lead fifth-seeded Mississippi State over No. 4 seed Michigan State 74-72 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Richardson's 3-pointer gave Mississippi State a 72-69 lead. Michigan State's Branndais Agee was fouled while shooting a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession, but could only convert one of the free throws.
Mississippi State (28-7) led 51-38 early in the third quarter, but Michigan State responded with the next 14 points to take a 52-51 advantage going into the fourth.
Michigan State (25-9) extended its run to 20 straight points by midway through the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs went more than nine minutes without scoring.
Mississippi State fought back and the two teams traded the lead down the stretch with several dramatic baskets.
Michigan State was led by Agee's 21 points.
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