It’s a slim crowd inside Humphrey Coliseum to today’s game against Arkansas. Today’s game is being televised on SEC-TV which is WCBI here locally. Over at baseball, Holy Cross has taken a 3-0 lead in the first inning all of which are unearned runs. Today is alumni weekend for lots of former men’s basketball players. Cool to see those familiar names and faces back on campus.
Mississippi State: 13-13, 3-10
4- Trivante Bloodman, G, 6-0, 182, Jr.
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.
Arkansas: 17-9, 6-7
00- Rashad Madden, G, 6-5, 180, Jr.
4- Coty Clarke, F, 6-7, 232, Sr.
10- Bobby Portis, F, 6-10, 242, Fr.
12- Fred Gulley III, G, 6-2, 182, Sr.
24- Michael Qualls, G, 6-6, 210, So.
Sword picks up right where he left off at LSU with the game’s first basket.
Two early 3-pointers give the Hogs a 8-4 lead.
Arkansas has now hit 4 treys to take a 14-8 advantage. Hogs are now 4-of-5 from the outside to start this one.
Tevin Moore checks into the game early.
Bloodman and Sword having success slashing to the basket so far.
15:33 14-10 UA Bloodman 6, Qualls 6
Colin Borchert checks into the game off the bench for the Bulldogs.
It’s 3-2 Holy Cross at the end of the 1st inning at baseball.
Sword and Ware fighting over a rebound there costs the Bulldogs the ball.
MSU takes a 15-14 lead on a Ware putback.
A 7-0 MSU run is quickly answered by a 7-0 Arky run.
11:53 21-15 UA Bloodman 7 points
11:30 21-15 UA Bloodman 7 points
State has tied the game 3-3 with Holy Cross in the bottom of the 2nd.
Moore hits a 3-pointer between two Arkansas treys. Hogs are now 6-of-13 from the outside.
6:34 35-24 UA Anthlon Bell 12 points
Camera people are being asked to move because they are blocking the ads on press row. That’s ridiculous.
Borchert buries a 3-pointer pulling MSU within eight.
3:47 38-28 UA Bell 12 points
I can’t tell you the amount of times I’ve been watching sports and ended up buying insurance or switching banks because of ads I saw while at the games.
Holy Cross is now up 5-3 heading into the bottom of the 3rd.
Borchert hits another 3 to pull MSU within seven.
Ready gets on the board against his hometown team.
0:15 39-35 UA Bell 12 points
HALFTIME: ARKANSAS 39, MISSISSIPPI STATE 35
Former MSU basketball players, coaches and managers are being recognized at halftime. Baxter Price gets one of the loudest ovations. Final Four member Daryl Wilson was also here and wasn’t on my list from yesterday.
FG% UA 44.1; MSU 38.9
3PT% UA 41.2; MSU 42.9
FT% UA 50; MSU 33.3
Rebounds: UA 23; MSU 24
Turnovers: UA 7; MSU 6
Pts off TO’s: UA 4; MSU 5
Paint Pts: UA 12; MSU 22
2nd Chance: UA 4; MSU 5
Fast break: UA 4; MSU 4
Bench: UA 19; MSU 11
Individual scoring: UA – Anthlon Bell 12, Bobby Portis 8, Rashad Madden 6, Michael Qualls 6, Alandise Harris 4, Mardracus Wade 3; MSU – Trivante Bloodman 8, Colin Borchert 8, Craig Sword 7, Gavin Ware 5, Tevin Moore 3, Roquez Johnson 2, I.J. Ready 2
Rea blasts his third homer of the day to give MSU a 6-5 lead across the street heading into the 5th inning.
Johnson starts the second half with a big blocked shot.
17:48 41-38 UA Bell 12 points
Two quick fouls on Sword on both ends of the floor which sends him to the bench with three.
Great effort by Johnson with the offensive board and tough put back.
15:45 46-44 UA Bell 12 points
I haven’t seen a team talk as much this year as Arkansas has today. It’s made the game more entertaining.
14:26 50-46 UA Portis 12, Bell 12
Moore logging major minutes in today’s game.
Looks like Bloodman tweaked his left ankle on that turnover. Hobbles off the court.
Borchert 3-pointer pulls MSU within four.
11:49 55-51 UA Qualls 13, Portis 13, Borchert 13
It’s just cramps for Bloodman. He’s still on the bench but no serious injury.
Flagrant foul called on Borchert.
10:11 61-51 UA Bell 14 points
Borchert is 4-of-5 from 3-point range but Bulldogs trail by 12.
7:50 68-54 UA Bell 19 points
4:42 71-60 UA Bell 19 points
Former Bulldogs Daryl Wilson and Tyrone Washington getting some screen time on the jumbotron.
Borchert’s fifth 3-pointer pulls MSU within six.
3:49 71-65 UA Borchert 21 points
A Sword 3-pointer pulls MSU within five.
1:55 73-68 UA Borchert 21 points
Tyson Cunningham, Fred Thomas and De’Runnya Wilson have not played today. Bloodman still on the bench as well.
0:55 73-68 UA, MSU ball
Ready down on the floor grabbing his face.
0:17 73-69 UA, MSU ball
FINAL: ARKANSAS 73, MISSISSIPPI STATE 69