Mississippi State knocks off Detroit 82-76

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — Ravern Johnson scored 25 points to lead Mississippi State to an 82-76 victory over Detroit on Monday night.

Mississippi State (3-0) hit 31 of 67 shots in the game, including 10 3-pointers, and led 40-32 at halftime.

Detroit (1-3) was 4 for 14 from beyond the arc and struggled offensively for most of the second half.

The Titans held close, though, and after a late 12-3 run trailed only 79-76 with 10.1 seconds remaining. But Jalen Steele hit a pair of clutch free throws for the Bulldogs, and Johnson hit one more to secure the win.

Both teams failed to handle the ball well with 14 turnovers each.

Behind Johnson, Riley Benock scored a career-high 13 points for MSU, and Kodi Augustus chipped in 10 points and nine rebounds.

Jason Calliste paced the Titans with 20 points, while Chase Simon and Ray McCallum had 17 and 16 points, respectively. Nick Minnerath chipped in 12 points.

Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.