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Humphrey Coliseum

I’m courtside for a rare Sunday afternoon men’s basketball game. It’s the 51st anniversay of “The Game of Change” between Loyola and Mississippi State. Today’s game isn’t televised but can be heard on the radio.

Starting lineups:

Mississippi State: 4-1

1- Fred Thomas, G, 6-5, 205, So.

3- Colin Borchert, F, 6-8, 231, Sr.

4- Trivante Bloodman, G, 6-0, 182, Jr.

20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 268, So.

32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 194, So.

Loyola: 3-4

5- Joe Crisman, G, 6-4, 195, Jr.

23- Jeff White, G, 6-1, 183, So.

32- Christian Thomas, G/F, 6-5, 220, Jr.

33- Jeremy King, C, 6-10, 235, RFr.

35- Milton Doyle, G, 6-4, 180, RFr.

15:59 4-4 Thomas 4 points

13:20 8-8 Thomas 4 points

11:21 13-9 LU Doyle 6 points

6:47 22-16 LU Doyle 6 points

Sword shows off his athleticism on that last dunk.

3:21 25-24 MSU Sword 9, Roquez Johnson 9

HALFTIME: MSU 29, LOYOLA 29

At halftime they honored several members of the 1963 Loyola and Mississippi State teams. Among those on hand were Jack Cristil, who called the game, and my pal Kyle Veazey, who authored the book “Champions for Change”.

Key halftime stats:

FG% LU 50; MSU 37.5

3PT% LU 37.5; MSU 11.1

FT% LU 100; MSU 83.3

Rebounds: LU 15; MSU 13

Turnovers: LU 8; MSU 4

Paint points: LU 18; MSU 10

Pts off TO’s: LU 5; MSU 10

2nd Chance: LU 0; MSU 6

Fast break: LU 2; MSU 2

Bench: LU 14; MSU 13

Individual Scoring: LU – Devon Turk 7, Milton Doyle 6, Matt O’Leary 5, Joe Crisman 3, Jeremy King 2, Jeff White 2, Christian Thomas 2, Jordan Pickett 2; MSU – Roquez Johnson 13, Craig Sword 9, Fred Thomas 4, Colin Borchert 3

Ware just had his first shot attempt of the afternoon.

15:30 35-33 LU Sword 13, Johnson 13

Heck of an effort on a save and steal by Tyson Cunningham and he buries a 3 on the other end.

13:43 39-38 MSU Johnson 13, Sword 13

Cunnigham buries another trey.

11:44 44-40 MSU Sword 15 points

7:16 48-47 MSU Sword 15, Johnson 15

Johnson is having himself a ball game this afternoon.

Borchert picks up his fourth foul.

3:09 54-53 MSU Johnson 19 points (new career high)

Ware misses two free throws and is still scoreless.

Christian Thomas picks up his fourth foul.

2:20 56-53 MSU Johnson 19, Sword 19

White is shaken up for Loyola.

Matt O’Leary fouls out with 1:40 to play.

0:58 56-56 MSU ball

0:42 56-56 Loyola ball

0:23 56-56 MSU ball

Sword bricks a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

END 2ND HALF: MISSISSIPPI STATE 56, LOYOLA 56

Borchert fouls out with 4:20 in OT.

Ware is down for the Bulldogs.

Ware checks back in.

1:30 64-62 MSU Sword 24 points.

0:32 65-64 MSU MSU ball

0:24 65-64 MSU Loyola ball

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 65, LOYOLA 64 (OVERTIME)

Official statistics

Video highlights

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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