Miss St 53

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Troy 56

(1-0, 1-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 9, 2012

    1 2 T
    MSST 22 3153
    TROY 32 2456

    Top Performers

    Mississippi St: J. Steele 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Troy: E. Jones 10 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast

    Troy 56, Mississippi St. 53

    Associated Press

    TROY, Ala. -- Emil Jones hit a tiebreaking jumper with 1.6 seconds remaining to help Troy beat Mississippi State 56-53 Friday night in both teams' season opener.

    Jones' 16-footer snapped a 53-53 tie and helped the Trojans win their first game in their new arena and spoil Mississippi State coach Rick Ray's debut with the Bulldogs.

    "You only get a chance to win your first game in a new place one time," 31st-year Troy coach Don Maestri said. "You only get a chance to make history once."

    Mississippi State, which started a true freshman and had two other freshmen play at least 20 minutes, trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half.

    Down 48-40 with 8 1/2 minutes left, the Bulldogs tied it 53-53. Colin Borchert, a junior college transfer making his Mississippi State debut, hit two free throws with 1:10 remaining.

    "It's not an ideal situation for this group to play its first game on the road," Ray said. "Not many high-measure universities play their first game on the road."

    The Bulldogs last started a season on an opponent's court in 2001. They played a neutral-site game in 2004.

    After Jones' tiebreaking basket, the Bulldogs suffered a turnover on their inbounds play. Troy's R.J. Scott hit a free throw with seven-tenths of a second remaining.

    Junior reserve Tevin Calhoun had 12 points to lead Troy, which was opening $40 million Trojan Arena. Jones and Hunter Williams scored 10 each.

    Junior guard Jalen Steele, one of just five returnees for the Bulldogs, scored a team-high 16 points. Sophomore Trivante Bloodman added 11 points and freshman Gavin Ware had 10 off the bench.

    The Trojans hit six 3-pointers, including three by Calhoun, in a 7 1/2-minute span of the first half to build a 30-14 lead.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 53 56
    FG Made-Attempted 19-43 (.442) 21-58 (.362)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-16 (.250) 10-29 (.345)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-18 (.611) 4-7 (.571)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 16

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