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COLLEGE HOOPS ROUNDUP: Pair of ex-SW Ga. prep stars — Dougherty’s Bryant, DWS’ Young — have big games in wins Saturday; Darton women roll

Former Dougherty star Brian Bryant puts up an acrobatic shot for two of his team-high 17 points during No. 17 Mississippi State’s 80-75 win Saturday against Detroit.

Former Dougherty star Brian Bryant puts up an acrobatic shot for two of his team-high 17 points during No. 17 Mississippi State’s 80-75 win Saturday against Detroit.

DETROIT — Former Dougherty star Brian Bryant served his suspension, took his lumps and returned with a fury for Mississippi State on Saturday.

Bryant, a two-time Herald Player of the Year who had to sit out the last three games for the No. 17-ranked Bulldogs for violating an undisclosed team rule, played 30 minutes and scored a team-high 17 points in Saturday’s 80-75 win against Detroit. The win pushed the Bulldogs’ (11-1) win streak to 10 games in a row.

Bryant, who has started all eight games he’s been eligible to play in, is now averaging 8.4 points this season.

Arnett Moultrie (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Mississippi State kept cool when it mattered most in their first true road game of the season.

Rodney Hood made the go-ahead basket with 17.7 seconds to play and Moultrie added a big block seconds later to help the Bulldogs hang on.

CLEMSON 60, WINTHROP 40: Brad Brownell has continually challenged his two primary senior leaders for more amid Clemson’s non-conference sputters.

It’s a small sample size, but guards Tanner Smith and former Deerfield star Andre Young shouldered more of the scoring burden Saturday, combining for more than half the team’s points to snap two-game skid for the Tigers.

Smith matched his career high with 17 points, while Young added 15 for Clemson.

Young, who has started all nine games for the Tigers (5-4), is now averaging a team-high 14.6 points a game.

DARTON WOMEN 75, MIDDLE GEORGIA TECH 36: The Darton women’s hoops team got a big boost Saturday.

A really big boost.

Crystal Reed, a 6-foot-6 transfer, was eligible to play in her first game Saturday — a 75-36 win against Middle Georgia tech — and she responded with 12 points and nine rebounds to improve Darton’s record to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in Region XVII.

Chanteniece Fann led all scorers with 18 points, followed by Lauren Johnson (13), Christian Brown (11), Michelle Mitchell (11 points, 8 rebounds) and Jo Jo Small (14 rebounds).

Darton returns to action Monday at Atlanta Metro.