By David Brandt/The Associated Press
STARKVILLE — Dee Bost scored a season-high 28 points, Arnett Moultrie added 20 points and 12 rebounds and No. 17 Mississippi State cruised past Troy 106-68 Saturday.
The Bulldogs (9-1) won their eighth straight game, shooting 56.3 percent (40 of 71) from the field, including 51.6 percent (16 of 31) from 3-point range. Renardo Sidney added a season-high 18 points and eight rebounds, Jalen Steele scored 15 and Rodney Hood 12.
Bost shot 9 of 16 from the field, including 7 of 13 from 3-point range. The 6-foot-2 senior guard added nine assists and three rebounds.
Moultrie posted his fifth double-double of the season. He shot 9 of 14 from the field and had five assists. Mississippi State dominated in the paint, outscoring Troy 42-26.
The Bulldogs were terrific from outside as well — their 16 3-pointers tied a school record.
Troy (4-4) was led by Emil Jones’ 15 points. Will Weathers scored 10 and R.J. Scott added 10. Ray Chambers had eight points and 11 rebounds. The Trojans trailed by 47 points in the second half, unable to keep up with Mississippi State’s fastbreak offense.
Troy also struggled with its shooting, making just 8 of 35 (22.9 percent) shots from 3-point range.
Mississippi State was occasionally sloppy with its decision-making in the first half, but shot the ball so well that it didn’t matter. The Bulldogs made 61.1 percent (22 of 36) of their shots from the field, including 53.3 percent (8 of 15) from 3-point range on the way to a 54-26 halftime lead. Steele and Moultrie had 12 first-half points.
The Bulldogs didn’t stop there, with 52 second-half points. They pushed past the 100-point mark with 4:54 left in the game Sidney’s two-handed dunk.
Sidney continued his enigmatic play, with good moments mixed with bad ones. The 6-foot-10 forward looked lethargic in the opening minutes and earned a technical foul after an off-color comment. But then he responded with a 3-pointer and a thunderous one-handed dunk on back-to-back possessions that served as a reminder of how good he can be.
Steele made five 3-pointers, which tied a career-high.
Read more in Sunday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.