Welcome to the BancorpSouth Center here in Tupelo for Mississippi State men’s basketball for the first time in a decade. The Bulldogs are hosting Southeastern Louisiana tonight in what is a home game on Daily Journal turf. But since I single handedly operate the Starkville bureau of the Journal I had to travel for this one. The good news is I got most of my Christmas shopping knocked out on this trip.
Anyways, stay tuned and I’ll have updates throughout the evening. Tonight’s game isn’t televised but can be heard on the radio.
Mississippi State: 5-2
2- Dre Applewhite, G, 6-5, 217, RFr.
15- I.J. Ready, G, 5-11, 170, Fr.
20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 270, So.
25- Roquez Johnson, F, 6-7, 210, Jr.
32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 189, So.
Southeastern Louisiana: 3-5
1- Dre Evans, G, 5-9, 170, Sr.
2- Devonte Upson, F/C, 6-9, 205, Jr.
11- Antonio Benton, F, 6-7, 190, Sr.
23- Joshua Filmore, G, 6-0, 180, Fr.
24- Jeffrey Ricard, G, 6-2, 170, Sr.
There are plenty of seats still available as we get ready for tipoff.
Applewhite’s first career start lasts less than a minute as he has to leave the floor due to injury.
Referee Ted Valentine (AKA TV Teddy) has dropped a few pounds since last year.
Applewhite left the floor but has since returned and is back in the game.
Ware with the easy slam inside.
15:43 4-2 MSU Sword 2, Ware 2, Benton 2
11:19 14-7 MSU Benton 7 points
Benton is rocking some low tops out there on the court.
SELA cuts the lead to three but Sword answers with a trey.
9:44 17-11 MSU Sword 7, Benton 7
Johnson limps off the court after injuring his left foot on his last layup.
7:50 21-16 MSU Benton 9 points
Johnson is limping back to the locker room now.
3:21 26-22 MSU Benton 11 points
Johnson returns to the bench.
0:32 32-30 MSU Benton 12 points
Julian Chiera drains a 3-pointer just before the buzzer to give SELA the lead.
HALFTIME: SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 33, MISSISSIPPI STATE 32
FG% SELA 44.8; MSU 52
3PT% SELA 41.7; MSU 50
FT% SELA 66.7; MSU 36.4
Rebounds: SELA 13; MSU 18
Turnovers: SELA 8; MSU 9
Pts off TO’s: SELA 7; MSU 8
Paint Pts: SELA 10; MSU 18
2nd Chance: SELA 4; MSU 3
Fast break: SELA 0; MSU 8
Bench: SELA 12; MSU 11
Individual scoring: SELA – Antonnio Benton 12, Jeffery Ricard 6, Onochie Ochie 5, JaMichael Hawkins 4, Joshua Filmore 3, Julian Chiera 3; MSU – Craig Sword 7, Roquez Johnson 6, Gavin Ware 5, Trivante Bloodman 4, Colin Borchert 3, Dre Applewhite 3, Fred Thomas 2, Tyson Cunningham 2
Johnson did not warm-up with team before the second half started.
Bulldogs first possession of the second half results in a turnover.
Johnson’s night is most likely done we’re told. It’s an injury to his left knee.
15:38 44-40 SELA Benton 16 points
Sword attempting to put the team on his back again in the second half.
11:58 50-48 MSU Benton 20 points
8:38 54-52 MSU Benton 22 points
Borchert with a big block.
7:35 54-54 Benton 22 points
Sword converts the old fashioned 3-point play. Nice layup and got fouled as well.
Sword then buries a big 3-pointer the next time down the floor.
5:54 60-56 MSU Benton 24 points
Bulldogs have a huge dunk waived off by an offensive foul from Borchert.
Thomas picks a bad time to pick up his first foul. Fouls Benton on a missed 3-point attempt.
Ricard picks up his fourth foul with 4:38 to play.
3:54 61-58 MSU Benton 26 points
Sword now has 20 points. He is the first player since Arnett Moultrie (11-12) to score 20 or more points in three straight games.
2:56 63-60 MSU Benton 26 points
Ready is called for a charge. He’s holding his hamstring and limping a little.
0:52 63-62 MSU – MSU ball
Sword with a layup.
0:43 65-62 MSU – SELA ball
Upson has four fouls for SELA as well.
Thomas knocks down a pair of free throws.
0:15 67-62 MSU – SELA ball
Chiera picks up his fourth foul.
4.2 68-62 MSU – SELA ball
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 68, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 62