Scores

Final

Miss Valley St 72

(1-3, 1-6 away)

Mississippi St 94

(3-0, 5-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 19, 2013

    Humphrey Coliseum, Starkville, Mississippi

    1 2 T
    MVSU 29 4372
    MSST 44 5094

    Top Performers

    Miss Valley St: D. Priar 19 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Mississippi St: G. Ware 23 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Blk

    Mississippi State tops MVSU 94-72

    Associated Press

    STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Gavin Ware scored 23 points, Colin Borchert added 14 and Mississippi State cruised past Mississippi Valley State 94-72 on Tuesday night.

    Ware had a productive and efficient night for the Bulldogs, shooting 8 of 11 from the field and grabbing 11 rebounds. Mississippi State shot 52 percent (35 of 67) from the field and had a 41-27 advantage rebounding.

    Mississippi State (3-0) started the season with three straight wins for the first time in three seasons. Roquez Johnson added 12 points while Craig Sword had 10.

    Mississippi Valley State (1-3) was led by DeAngelo Priar's 19 points. The Delta Devils had 18 turnovers.

    The Bulldogs never trailed, pushing out to a 44-29 lead by halftime. The 94 points was the second-highest point total for Mississippi State under second-year coach Rick Ray.

    Mississippi State made an obvious effort to get the ball to Ware early in the first half. The 6-foot-9, 270-pound sophomore has noticeably trimmed down since last season and used some nimble moves to score on the first two possessions. He led the Bulldogs with 13 points in the first half.

    Mississippi State led 15-6 four minutes into the game and was never seriously challenged, though the Delta Devils kept things relatively close for most of the night. A layup by MVSU's James Currington cut the Bulldogs' lead to 52-43 with 15:17 remaining, but the Delta Devils couldn't get any closer.

    It was Mississippi State's first game without point guard I.J. Ready, who strained a hamstring in the team's win against Kennesaw State on Thursday. The Bulldogs managed with a point guard rotation of Trivante Bloodman and Jacoby Davis -- which will likely be used until Ready's scheduled return in a few weeks.

    The Bulldogs have a much tougher game on Saturday, with a road matchup against Utah State.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MVSU
    MSST
    Points 72 94
    FG Made-Attempted 28-59 (.475) 35-67 (.522)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-12 (.333) 5-14 (.357)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-14 (.857) 19-27 (.704)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 17 (0/0)

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