Published March 12, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Barry Stewart scored 17 points and hit five late free throws as Mississippi State held on to defeat Florida 75-69 in the Southeastern Conference tournament quarterfinals on Friday night.
The Bulldogs (22-9) will face the winner of the quarterfinal matchup between No. 20 Vanderbilt and Georgia, who were to play late Friday night.
Mississippi State held a 58-39 lead with 13:29 left when it fell into a 6-minute scoring drought.
Kenny Boynton hit a jump shot over Jarvis Varnado's head to cut Mississippi State's lead to 71-68 with 27 seconds left, but Stewart hit 5 of 6 free throw attempts down the stretch to preserve the win.
Boynton led Florida with 23 points.