I’ve arrived on press row for tonight’s SEC opener against No. 21 Texas A&M. Mississippi State is scheduled to honor former head coach Rick Stansbury 12-minutes before tip. It will be Stansbury’s first time back at Humphrey Coliseum since he “retired”. Tonight’s game will be televised on the SEC Network. Freshman forward Joe Strugg is still sporting a walking boot on his right foot during warm-ups and isn’t dressed out. I’d imagine a redshirt is in his future.
I will be updating throughout the game so stay tuned…
Mississippi State (7-5, 0-0)
14- Malik Newman, G, 6-2, 190, Fr.
15- I.J. Ready, G, 5-11, 170, Jr.
20- Gavin Ware, F, 6-9, 260, Sr.
23- Travis Daniels, F, 6-7, 225, Sr.
32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 197, Sr.
Texas A&M (11-2, 1-0)
1- D.J. Hogg, F, 6-8, 216, Fr.
11- Anthony Collins, G, 6-1, 175, Sr.
12- Jalen Jones, G/F, 6-7, 220, Sr.
21- Alex Caruso, G, 6-5, 186, Sr.
34- Tyler Davis, C, 6-10, 265, Fr.
Ware shed his goggles a few games ago but Sword is rocking some during warm-ups.
Stansbury giving hugs at midcourt along with his wife, Meo, who is fighting back tears. Stansbury is presented with a chair that has all his accomplishments on it. He received a standing ovation from the crowd.
Crowd of MSU fans gathered behind the A&M bench to give hugs and handshakes to Stansbury.
Danuel House is out for tonight’s game for the Aggies.
MSU controls the tip and Sword misses a 3.
Stansbury of course signed Sword, Ware and Fred Thomas.
Sword scores the first points at the free throw line.
5-5 15:36 1st Sword 3, Caruso 3
Erick Dampier in the Hump tonight.
Ware comes off the court and goes straight to the locker room.
Thomas hits a 3 to put State up three.
12-9 MSU 11:56 1st Sword 5 points
Johnthan Banks sitting courtside for tonight’s game too.
Ware checks back in.
Newman drains a 3, State up by five.
A&M is 3 of 18 shooting to start the game.
Newman misses a trey but Quinndary Weatherspoon is there to clean it up.
19-11 MSU 7:20 1st Weatherspoon 6 points
Aggies now 3 of 22 from the field.
MSU leads by eight even though Ware, the team’s leading scorer, has yet to enter the scoring column.
21-13 MSU 4:51 1st Weatherspoon 7 points
Had a stoppage of play because one of the refs suffered a calf injury. Down to two officials.
21-13 MSU 3:56 1st Weatherspoon 7 points
Aggies hit a 3-pointer and Thomas fouls on the play. A&M converts the 4-point play.
Aggies take the lead on another trey.
23-22 MSU 1:48 1st Weatherspoon 7 points
Aggies hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to end the half.
HALFTIME: NO. 21 TEXAS A&M 28, MISSISSIPPI STATE 25
FG% TAMU 28.1; MSU 36
3PT% TAMU 35.7; MSU 18.2
FT% TAMU 71.4; MSU 62.5
Rebounds: TAMU 21; MSU 20
Turnovers: TAMU 6; MSU 9
Pts off TOs: TAMU 8; MSU 3
Paint Pts: TAMU 6; MSU 10
2nd Chance: TAMU 2; MSU 4
Fast break: TAMU 0; MSU 0
Bench: TAMU 6; MSU 12
Individual scoring: TAMU – DJ Hogg 6, Alex Caruso 6, Anthony Collins 4, Jalen Jones 4, Admon Gilder 3, Tonny Trocha-Morelos 3, Tyler Davis 2; MSU – Quinndary Weatherspoon 9, Malik Newman 6, Craig Sword 5, Fred Thomas 3, I.J. Ready 2
Ware scores his first points at the 18:03 mark of the 2nd half.
Newman hits from the top of the key, State down 1.
37-34 A&M 14:34 2nd Weatherspoon 9, Newman 9, Hogg 9
Ware ties it with a 15-footer.
39-38 MSU 11:46 2nd Weatherspoon 9, Newman 9, Hogg 9
Ready hits a trey and State is up 2.
44-44 9:06 2nd Newman 11 points
49-44 A&M 7:26 2nd Newman 11, Hogg 11
49-46 A&M 5:46 2nd Newman 11, Hogg 11
Ware now has a double-double.
49-48 A&M 3:54 2nd Newman 11, Ware 11, Hogg 11
Newman steps up to give MSU the 1-point lead with a 3-pointer.
56-55 A&M 1:00 2nd A&M ball
57-57 0:41 2nd A&M ball
60-57 A&M 5.6 2nd A&M ball
Weatherspoon hits a 3-pointer at the buzzer but it isn’t enough.
FINAL: NO. 21 TEXAS A&M 61, MISSISSIPPI STATE 60