Bulldogs earn first SEC win

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Mississippi State erased a nine-point second-half deficit Sunday afternoon to win its first Southeastern Conference game of the season.

Behind Martha Alwal’s 24th career double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds) and a standout performance from Breanna Richardson (15 points, 9 rebounds), MSU knocked off Arkansas 54-50 at the Bud Walton Arena.

With the win, MSU improved to 14-3 overall and 1-2 in league play. MSU’s first win in Fayetteville since 2010 also topped the Bulldogs’ win total from last season. Arkansas fell to 14-3 and 1-3.

“It was a heck of a basketball game,” MSU head coach Vic Schaefer said. “I was really proud of my kids. They are so competitive. They really compete on most nights. We did an unbelievable job on Jessica Jackson. She is really one of the best players in our league.”

For the contest, the Bulldogs hit 21 of 51 shots from the field (41.2 percent), 2 of 5 shots from 3-point range (40.0 percent) and 10 of 21 shots from the foul line (47.6 percent). The Razorbacks hit 14 of 45 shots from the field (31.1 percent), 1 of 12 shots from 3-point range (8.3 percent) and 21 of 28 shots from the foul line (75.0 percent).

Arkansas received 18 points from McKenzie Adams and 10 points from Keira Peak.

MSU hosts No. 8 Tennessee at 8 p.m. Thursday. Comcast Sports Southeast will have the regional telecast from Humphrey Coliseum.

ALSO SUNDAY

Alabama 93, Ole Miss 79: Despite Tia Faleru’s SEC leading ninth double-double of the year – 27 points and 10 rebounds – the Rebels remained winless in league play with the road loss.

Ole Miss (9-8, 0-3 SEC) trailed 48-34 at halftime.

For Alabama (8-8, 1-3), Shafontaye Myers led all scorers with 28 points.

The Rebels will entertain Vanderbilt on Thursday.