STARKVILLE – Junior Tevin Moore saw his first extended action since walking onto the Mississippi State basketball team this year.
Moore, a Olive Branch native and Northwest Community College transfer, logged a career-high 17 minutes against Arkansas and tied a career-high with five points including a 3-pointer.
“Confidence is something I’ve just built up,” Moore said. “I’ve been working at practice, getting reps and going hard every day. My name was finally called and I just took that chance.”
The 6-foot-3 wing had been averaging just 2.9 minutes a game had scored only 10 points all season prior to Saturday.
MSU began the game with a new starting five using both Trivante Bloodman and I.J. Ready in the backcourt along with Craig Sword on the wing. Roquez Johnson joined Gavin Ware in the paint having Colin Borchert come off the bench for just the second time this season.
Fred Thomas and Tyson Cunningham had been averaging 29.4 and 8.2 minutes per game respectively but did not play at all against Arkansas.
“Those guys didn’t do anything wrong and there’s no sort of disciplinary action,” said MSU coach Rick Ray. “I just wanted to go with some different lineups.”
Over the Hump
Arkansas had not won at Humphrey Coliseum since the 1999-2000 season having lost 12 straight games in Starkville.
“We got over the hump at the Hump, no pun intended,” said Arkansas coach Mike Anderson.
“I think Rick (Ray) is doing a tremendous, tremendous job. You’ve got to work with what you’ve got until you get what you want.” – Arkansas coach Mike Anderson