It’s basketball time again at Humphrey Coliseum. Mississippi State has changed up its starting lineup with I.J. Ready in sweats and did not go through warm-ups. He suffered what was believed to be a concussion Wednesday against Alabama. Not too big a crowd on hand today with the early tip. Remember that today’s game is on WCBI here locally.
Mississippi State: 11-5, 1-2
1- Fred Thomas, G, 6-5, 191, So.
3- Colin Borchert, F, 6-8, 221, Sr.
4- Trivante Bloodman, G, 6-0, 182, Jr.
20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 270, So.
32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 189, So.
Texas A&M: 12-4, 3-0
5- Jordan Green, G, 6-5, 188, Jr.
12- Fabyon Harris, G, 5-11, 175, Sr.
14- Kourtney Roberson, F, 6-9, 244, Jr.
21- Alex Caruso, G, 6-5, 183, So.
23- Jamal Jones, G, 6-8, 197, Jr.
Dan Mullen just led the official visitors through the crowd before the start of today’s game.
Harris led the Aggies with 17 points against MSU last year. Hits a 3-pointer to start this one.
14:59 10-6 A&M Ware 6 points
11:55 13-7 A&M Ware 6 points
A steal and dunk by Sword gets the crowd on their feet here at the Hump.
9:26 15-11 A&M Ware 6 points
8:38 18-11 A&M Ware 6 points
7:52 18-13 A&M Ware 6 points
The Egg and Liberty Bowl trophies as well as members of the football team were honored during the last timeout. Received a standing ovation from the crowd.
I think Borchert just unleashed his inner Varnado.
3:10 26-21 A&M Gavin Ware 7, Davonte Fitzgerald 7
A wasp was flying around the post during MSU’s last possession.
A Thomas trey gives MSU the lead.
HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 27, TEXAS A&M 26
Bulldogs are 8-1 on the year when leading at halftime. Just 2-4 when trailing.
Key halftime stats:
FG% TAMU 35.5; MSU 40
3PT% TAMU 33.3; MSU 33.3
FT% TAMU 16.7; MSU 55.6
Rebounds: TAMU 21; MSU 22
Turnovers: TAMU 4; MSU 7
Pts off TO’s: TAMU 9; MSU 2
Paint Pts: TAMU 12; MSU 14
2nd Chance: TAMU 5; MSU 0
Fast break: TAMU 0; MSU 4
Bench: TAMU 10; MSU 0
Individual scoring: TAMU – Davonte Fitzgerald 7, Jamal Jones 6, Fabyon Harris 5, Alex Caruso 3, Kourtney Roberson 2, Antwan Space 2, Tavario Miller 1; MSU – Craig Sword 9, Gavin Ware 7, Fred Thomas 7, Colin Borchert 4
Nice sequence right there by MSU on both ends of the floor. Block by Sword and outlet pass to Roquez Johnson for a layup and was fouled. That layup was MSU’s first points off the bench.
13:59 42-38 A&M Sword 14 points
Bloodman just tossed up an alley oop that ended up going in the hoop for a 3-pointer.
10:32 49-42 A&M Fitzgerald 16 points
Aggies extend the lead to 10 with another 3-pointer.
7:45 55-48 A&M Jones 19 points
The Aggies are 5-of-8 behind the arc in the second half.
Great inbounds look that leads to a dunk from Ware.
5:17 61-54 A&M Jones 19 points
4:14 61-57 A&M Sword 20 points
Great steal by Sword that leads to a layup by Thomas. Bulldogs within one.
3:13 61-60 A&M Sword 21 points
1:55 63-62 A&M Sword 23 points
Members of MSU’s band are wearing horse heads. So there’s that.
Robertson fouls out with 1:18 to play. Caruso also has four fouls.
We’re tied with a minute to play. It took overtime last year.
Steal and layup by Ware tie it back up with 24.7 left.
0:24 67-67 A&M ball
1.9 67-67 A&M ball
END OF REGULATION: MISSISSIPPI STATE 67, TEXAS A&M 67
Thomas with a long jumper to start OT.
Ware still has zero fouls here in overtime.
2:46 71-69 MSU Sword 23, Jones 23
Caruso fouls out with 2:27 left.
Ware has been big for the Bulldogs down the stretch. Pun intended.
Thomas and Jones draw a technical foul.
Jones T’d up again and is ejected.
Sweet alley oop from Sword to Ware.
FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 81, TEXAS A&M 72