Clayton State preview

Walk-on senior Isaiah Butler has appeared in one game for the Bulldogs. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Walk-on senior Isaiah Butler has appeared in one game for the Bulldogs. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State will conclude its four-game homestand to start the season at 7 p.m. tonight against Clayton State.

Tonight’s game is considered part of the Corpus Christi Challenge that the Bulldogs will conclude in Texas over the weekend.

It will be the first ever meeting between MSU and Clayton State, a Division II program from Morrow, Ga., and the Peach Belt Conference.

MSU is off to a 3-0 start to the season coming off a 71-63 home victory over Utah State on Saturday. Senior forward Roquez Johnson and junior shooting guard Fred Thomas paced the Bulldogs with 15 points each in that contest.

Rick Ray‘s roster swelled by one on Saturday as sophomore point guard I.J. Ready returned from back surgery. Ready logged 15 minutes off the bench scoring two points, dishing out three assists and adding two steals.

Mississippi State is attempting to start the year with four straight wins for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

The Bulldogs are shooting 51.1 percent from the field and averaging 75.3 points per game. MSU is hitting 30.8 percent from 3-point range and lead the Southeastern conference in field goals made (23.3) and attempted (32). They have outrebounded their opponents by 17.

The Bulldogs have surrendered an SEC-low 24.3 rebounds a game. Their opposition is scoring 62.3 points on 37.6 percent shooting.

Johnson paces Mississippi State with 17 points per game in addition to 4.7 rebounds. Junior forward Gavin Ware is putting up 15 points and pulling down 8.7 boards. Ware leads the league in field goal percentage at .720 followed by Johnson’s .690.

Thomas tops the backcourt with 15.7 points and has scored 15 or more points in six straight games. Senior point guard Trivante Bloodman is adding 8.7 points and dishing out 6.3 assists while junior wing Travis Daniels is chipping in 6.3 points and five rebounds.

Clayton State is also undefeated at 4-0. The Lakers downed Belmont Abbey 82-39 on Saturday behind 19 points from junior guard Saiquan Terry in 25 minutes off the bench.

Paul Harrison‘s squad is shooting 61.2 percent from the floor and scoring 80.5 points. Clayton State is knocking down 30.6 of its shots from the outside and converting 72.1 percent from the charity stripe. They have outrebounded their opposition by 13.2 allowing 61 points on 39.3 percent shooting.

The average home attendance so far for Clayton State this season is 160.

Senior guard Kelsey Terry leads the Lakers with 18 points per game. Terry is joined in the backcourt by senior JC Bonny adding 11.5 points and freshman Dantez Bennamon contributing 8.2.

Sophomore forward Jamil McGee is putting up 16.5 points and grabbing 8.8 rebounds while junior center Patrick Bell is averaging three points and 4.5 boards.

Tonight’s game will be streamed by SEC Network + with Bart Gregory and Matt Wyatt on the call.

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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