MISS. STATE WRAP-UP
Zone problems: Mississippi State switched to a zone defense late in the first half and it may have been a fatal mistake.
Trailing 27-18, the Razorbacks went on a 16-0 run to take a 34-27 lead, scoring off offensive rebounds and on two 3-pointers by freshman guard Pat Bradley.
“We wanted to play a zone, but it made it harder for us to block out,” State coach Richard Williams said. “We did a good job defensing their first shot and identifying the shooter, but their second shots were killing us. Sometimes that happens when you play a zone.”
Free throws: Arkansas came into the game the worst free throw shooting team in the SEC, hitting just 59.2 percent from the line.
Against State, the Razorbacks were a red-hot 20-of-23 for a season’s best 87 percent.
“We didn’t know they’d shoot that well,” State’s Williams said. “They stepped up and knocked them down.”
Dontae’s best: State forward Dontae’ Jones had his best SEC outing, points-wise, scoring 15 points in 28 minutes before fouling out with 8:27 left.
Jones scored State’s first seven points of the second half, hitting three jumpers, including one 3-pointer and an 18-footer. In the first half he converted on two drives to the basket — one for a dunk and one for a layup — on passes from Whit Hughes.
Who’s next: The Bulldogs travel to South Carolina for a 6:30 p.m. SEC game Wednesday.