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No. 5 Auburn Holds Off Mississippi State 81-68 in Overtime

Mississippi State forward Garrison Brooks (10) attempts to block a layup attempt by Auburn guard Allen Flanigan (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, March. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Mississippi State forward Garrison Brooks (10) attempts to block a layup attempt by Auburn guard Allen Flanigan (22) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Starkville, Miss., Wednesday, March. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Starkville, Miss. (AP) -- K.D. Johnson scored 12 of his 14 points in overtime, Jabari Smith had 27 points overall and No. 5 Auburn held off Mississippi State 81-68 in overtime Wednesday night.

With the win, the Tigers (26-4, 14-3 Southeastern Conference) clinched at least a share of the SEC regular-season championship. It marks the fourth SEC title for Auburn and the program’s first since the 2017-18 season.