Live from the Hump

Humphrey Coliseum

Humphrey Coliseum

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.

Starting lineups:

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.


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┬áMSU’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


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.


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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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