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I arrived in Jackson at the Big House for today’s game against USC Upstate. It’s a small crowd on hand, much like last year in Tupelo. Freshmen Maurice Dunlap and Demetrius Houston will both miss today’s game. Dunlap has a fractured right wrist and will miss at most two weeks and Houston is out with a concussion. Today’s game is not televised so stay tuned for updates throughout.

Starting lineups:

Mississippi State (5-4)

1- Fred Thomas, G, 6-5, 206, Jr.

3- Trivante Bloodman, G, 6-0, 190, Sr.

15- I.J. Ready, G, 5-11, 170, So.

22- Fallou Ndoye, F, 6-11, 222, Fr.

25- Roquez Johnson, F, 6-7, 210, Sr.

USC Upstate (8-4)

5- Ty Greene, G, 6-3, 185, Sr.

15- ShunQuez Stephens, F, 6-5, 245, Jr.

31- Mario Blessing, G, 6-2, 165, Sr.

32- Fred Miller, G, 6-4, 200, Sr.

44- Michael Buchanan, C, 6-11, 250, So.

Stephens went down clutching his back and writhing in pain.

4-3 USC 15:35 1st Ndoye 2, Stephens 2, Buchanan 2

Gavin Ware went down and is screaming in pain. Ware was able to walk off the court under his own power but very gingerly. He did put weight on it.

9-7 USC 11:54 1st Ndoye 4, Buchanan 4

10-9 USC 10:07 1st Ndoye 4, Buchanan 4

State takes its first lead of the game after an acrobatic layup.

Ware leaves the court and is working with the trainer in the tunnel.

17-11 USC 6:27 1st Buchanan 6 points

Ware is at the scorer’s table about to check back in.

19-15 USC 3:25 1st Buchanan 6 points

19-15 USC 3:13 1st Buchanan 6 points

22-15 USC 0:31 1st Buchanan 9 points


Halftime stats:

FG% USC 34.8, MSU 30

3PT% USC 10, MSU 0

FT% USC 62.5, MSU 50

Rebounds: USC 12, MSU 20

Turnovers: USC 5, MSU 11

Pts off TO’s: USC 6, MSU 3

Paint Pts: USC 10, MSU 10

2nd chance: USC 5, MSU 4

Fast break: USC 2, MSU 2

Bench: USC 2, MSU 4

Individual scoring: USC – Michael Buchanan 9, Fred Miller 5, Ty Greene 4, ShunQuen Stephens 2, Damian Goodwin 1, Jacob Schulte 1; MSU – Fallou Ndoye 4, Trivante Bloodman 4, Travis Daniels 4, Fred Thomas 2, Roquez Johnson 1

Back-to-back baskets by Ready to start the second half. He’s now tied for the team lead in scoring.

22-19 USC 18:22 2nd Buchanan 9 points.

Walk-on Jeffery Johnson is also not dressed for the Bulldogs.

Roquez Johnson’s jam pulls MSU within one.

29-23 USC 15:20 2nd Buchanan 9 points

USC Upstate playing zone against MSU. Bulldogs can’t shoot them out of it.

33-27 USC 11:37 2nd Goodwin 10 points

Great block by Bloodman on a layup attempt.

Craig Sword is still far from 100-percent.

Ndoye picks up his fourth foul with 10:51 to go.

Buchanan picks up his fourth foul with 0:01 remaining.

Roquez Johnson ties it with a pair of free throws and take the lead on two more.

35-33 MSU 8:36 2nd Goodwin 10 points

40-35 USC 6:41 2nd Goodwin 12 points

A dunk by Ndoye ends a 6-0 run by USC Upstate.

Thomas nails a deep 3-pointer to pull MSU within three.

43-40 USC 5:27 2nd Goodwin 12 points

Thomas with an interception at midcourt.

Goodwin gets his fourth foul with 4:50 to go.

Buchanan fouls out with 4:03 left.

45-42 USC 3:44 2nd Goodwin 14 points

The ball sure bounced the Bulldogs way on that last possession. Johnson gets three the old fashioned way to tie it.

49-48 MSU 1:48 2nd Johnson 15 points

51-49 USC 0:31 2nd MSU ball

Ndoye ties the game on a follow up dunk with 17.7 left.

Greene hits a jumper from the free throw line to put USC Upstate ahead 53-51 with 6.3 left.


Official statistics


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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