Welcome to Game 1 of the basketball version of the Egg Bowl with the Bulldogs hosting Ole Miss. MSU will be wearing its grey uniforms for today’s game while the Rebels are decked out in navy. Doesn’t appear to be a real big crowd yet and may not be with school still being out. I do know that it’s a beautiful day here in Starkville in the high 50’s (which is a drastic change from what I saw in Detroit Thursday afternoon).
De’Runnya Wilson is in sweats as the Bulldogs are going through warm-ups. He’s sporting his high school state championship rings as well.
Mississippi State: 10-4, 0-1
1- Fred Thomas, G, 6-5, 191, So.
3- Colin Borchert, F, 6-8, 231, Sr.
15- I.J. Ready, G, 5-11, 170, Fr.
20- Gavin Ware, C, 6-9, 270, So.
32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 189, So.
Ole Miss: 10-4, 1-0
3- Derrick Millinghaus, G, 5-10, 172, So.
4- Demarco Cox, C, 6-8, 276, Jr.
10- Ladarius White, G, 6-6, 211, Jr.
32- Jarvis Summers, G, 6-3, 186, Jr.
34- Aaron Jones, F, 6-9, 220, Jr.
During warm-ups there were nine players dressed for MSU and seven in sweats rebounding.
Remember that today’s game is televised on ESPNU.
Demarco Cox is the cousin of former MSU standout and current Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox.
Ware has his right hand taped up.
About ready to tip this one off. The crowd has filled in some but still a good many empty seats. I’ve got my partner in crime Parrish Alford alongside for this one.
Bulldogs also sporting grey D. Rose adidas shoes for this one.
MSU leads the SEC in steals and get one on the Rebels first trip down the floor.
15:54 9-5 UM Millinghaus 6 points
All of Ole Miss’ points so far have come on 3-pointers.
12:52 12-7 UM Millinghaus 6 points
A 3-pointer by Borchert, a block and steal by Thomas and a layup by Roquez Johnson has tied this one up.
Borchert buries his third 3-pointer to give MSU the lead.
11:22 15-12 MSU Borchert 11 points.
Thomas drains a 3-pointer and sticks his tongue out bouncing back down the floor.
7:41 24-22 MSU Borchert 11 points
Trivia question was who is MSU’s all-time winningest coach? Answer was Rick Stansbury. The crowd cheered.
3:55 33-26 MSU Borchert 11 points
An Ole Miss player nearly took out the entire Daily Journal staff covering this game.
A big time slam by Johnson just before the half.
Ready with a steal and layup at the buzzer gives MSU a seven point lead at halftime.
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 43, OLE MISS 36
FG% UM 41; MSU 41
3PT% UM 46; MSU 33
FT% UM 80; MSU 62
Rebounds: UM 22; MSU 18
Turnovers: UM 11; MSU 3
Pts off TO’s: UM 4; MSU 17
2nd Chance: UM 4; MSU 4
Paint points: UM 12; MSU 16
Fast break: UM 2; MSU 6
Bench: UM 4; MSU 13
Individual scoring: UM – Derrick Millinghaus 11, Jarvis Summers 9, Snoop White 7, Aaron Jones 4, Sebastian Saiz 4, Demarco Cox 1; MSU – Colin Borchert 11, Roquez Johnson 11, Craig Sword 8, Gavin Ware 4, I.J. Ready 4, Fred Thomas 3, Trivante Bloodman 2
15:52 49-42 MSU Summers 13 points
Sword now has a career-high six steals.
12:53 54-51 MSU White 16 points
Bulldogs have squandered an 11-point lead
9:49 58-54 UM White 16 points
9:13 58-56 UM Johnson 16, White 16
8:44 58-56 UM Johnson 16, White 16
Jones picks up his fourth foul with 7:20 to go.
7:29 60-56 UM Johnson 16, White 16
6:23 61-60 MSU Johnson 18 points
Sword fouled out a dunk attempt. Refs checking to see if it was intentional. Appeared to be. Indeed, Summers foul was ruled a flagrant 1.
3:58 66-64 UM Johnson 18 points
All 12 of Swords points have come from the free throw line.
Anthony Perez picks up his fourth foul with 2:59 to go.
Ware picks up his fourth foul with 2:45 remaining.
1:30 72-69 MSU Johnson 20, Summers 20
Summers ties it with a 3-pointer.
Jones fouls out with 51-seconds left.
Ready hits two free throws to give MSU a 3-point lead.
0:31 75-72 MSU UM ball
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 76, OLE MISS 72