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Craig Sword is still working his way back to healthy following back surgery.  (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Craig Sword is still working his way back to healthy following back surgery. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi State is reeling after five straight losses and looks to get back on track against Jacksonville tonight at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs have never lost six consecutive non-conference games.

MSU owns a 3-0 record all-time against the Dolphins, two of which have come inside Humphrey Coliseum. The Bulldogs claimed the last meeting 100-65 on Nov. 30, 2002 in Starkville.

State is 6-1 against teams from the Atlantic Sun Conference with its only loss coming in Jackson Saturday to USC Upstate. The Spartans hit a jumper with just a few ticks remaining on the clock for a 53-51 victory. Senior forward Roquez Johnson led all scorers with 15 points and nine rebounds in that outing.

Rick Ray‘s roster is shooting 42.4-percent from the field and averaging 62.1 points. The Bulldogs are hitting 24-percent from 3-point range and 72.6-percent from the charity stripe. State is outrebounding its opponents by 7.4 allowing 58.4 points on 40.1-percent shooting.

Johnson is the Bulldogs leading scorer with 12.3 points per game and leads the Southeastern Conference in shooting percentage at .600. He is also grabbing 5.7 rebounds. Freshman forward Fallou Ndoye is putting up 3.8 points and pulling down 2.6 boards.

Junior Fred Thomas is scoring 11.5 points out on the wing while sophomore point guard I.J. Ready is adding 5.3 points and 1.9 assists. Senior shooting guard Trivante Bloodman is contributing 7.3 points and is 15 points shy of 500 for his career.

Jacksonville is 4-9 on the year and 0-7 on the road. The Dolphins have won their last two outings including an 84-55 win over Truett-McConnell on Saturday. Junior guard Kori Babineaux (6-4, 205) led the way with 19 points in the victory.

Tony Jasick, who was named one of college basketball’s 100 sexiest coaches by CollegeInsider.com, has seen his team shoot 38.4-percent from the floor and scoring 61.3 points. Jacksonville is knocking down 33.9-percent from the outside and 64.2-percent from the free throw line. Its opposition is racking up 70.7 points on 45.8-percent shooting.

Latvian junior guard Andris Misters (6-5, 200) is the Dolphins leading scorer with 13.2 points per game. Misters is joined in the backcourt by Babineaux adding 12.2 points and freshman BJ Edwards (6-0, 185) chipping in a point.

Junior forward Tim Gill (6-7, 240) is putting up 5.2 points and grabbing 3.3 rebounds while freshman forward Antwon Clayton (6-6, 200) is averaging 3.1 points and 4.3 boards.

Tonight’s game will be streamed on SEC Network + with Bart Gregory and Jay Perry 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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