By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State was forced to play Saturday’s contest against Texas A&M without starting point guard I.J. Ready.
Ready suffered a concussion in the first half of Wednesday’s loss at Alabama when the 5-foot-11, 170-pounder took a charge from 7-foot-1, 265-pound Crimson Tide center Carl Engstrom.
“It’s totally in the medical staff’s hands on that,” said MSU coach Rick Ray. “When you’re dealing with a head injury, you want him to be symptom free. Right now, he’s not symptom free.”
Junior Trivante Bloodman and redshirt freshman Jacoby Davis split the point guard duties on Saturday combining for just three points on 1 of 6 shooting, four assists and two turnovers.
Fred Thomas drained a 3-pointer with 1:32 remaining to give the Bulldogs their only lead of the first half at 27-26.
That one point margin may not have meant much but State improved to 9-1 on the year when leading at halftime.
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After shooting 40 percent in the first half, the Bulldogs shot 63.3 percent the rest of the game. State overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half, its biggest comeback victory of the season.
“We were grinding the whole game. Coach just told us to keep doing what we worked on in practice. It doesn’t matter how many points we go down, just keep working the ball and get defensive stops. They were hitting a lot of shots but we found a way to get around it and win.” – MSU sophomore guard Craig Sword