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Fallou Ndoye is averaging 3.3 points and three rebounds as a freshman. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Fallou Ndoye is averaging 3.3 points and three rebounds as a freshman. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State will attempt to snap an 18-game road losing skid today traveling to Oregon State at 3 p.m. CT.

The Bulldogs are just 1-21 on the road under coach Rick Ray with their lone win coming at Georgia in the SEC opener during the 2012-13 season.

MSU won its only meeting against the Beavers 76-62 in the first round of the Far West Classic in Portland in 1995. The Bulldogs were ranked 17th at the time and received 25 points and 13 rebounds from Erick Dampier while Dontae Jones added 16 points and Darryl Wilson dished out 13 assists.

The Bulldogs are 8-11 all-time against teams from the Pac-12. Today will mark just the fifth time an SEC team has ventured to Corvallis and first since 2005.

Mississippi State is 5-2 on the year having dropped two straight. The Bulldogs suffered a 59-54 set back at Tulane last Saturday. Junior wing Travis Daniels led MSU in that contest with 13 points.

The Bulldogs are shooting 45.7 percent from the field and averaging 66.6 points per game. Mississippi State is hitting 29.1 percent from the outside and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. They have outrebounded their opponents by 10 and are allowing 57.6 points on 39.1 percent shooting.

Junior forward Gavin Ware continues to pace the Bulldogs with 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. He needs just 13 boards to reach 500 for his career. Senior forward Roquez Johnson is putting up 11.9 points and pulling down five rebounds.

Junior shooting guard Fred Thomas leads the backcourt with 12.6 points. Thomas is joined by Daniels adding 8.6 points and senior point guard Trivante Bloodman scoring 8.3 points and dishing out 4.1 assists.

Oregon State is also 5-2 on the year having won two straight including a 65-58 overtime victory at Portland last Saturday. Junior wing Victor Robbins (6-7, 197) led the Beavers with 18 points in 29 minutes off the bench.

First-year coach Wayne Tinkle‘s team is shooting 44.7 percent from the floor and scoring 67 points per game. OSU is knocking down 32.7 percent from behind the arc and 66.2 percent from the charity stripe. The Beavers are outrebounding their opposition by 7.4 while surrendering 57.6 points on 34.7 percent shooting.

Junior guard Gary Payton II (6-3, 175), son of the NBA great, leads the Beavers averaging 14 points per game. Fellow junior guard Langston Morris-Walker (6-5, 216) is adding 12.1 points while Canadian sophomore guard Malcolm Duvivier (6-2, 205) is contributing 7.3 points.

Junior forward Olaf Schaftenaar (6-10, 224), a native of the Netherlands, is putting up 9.7 points and grabbing 3.3 boards while junior forward Daniel Gomis (6-10, 223) of Senegal is chipping in 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds.

Today’s game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network with Christian Miles and Lamar Hurd 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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