MSU Insider

Player of the game

Lawrence Roberts scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to record his 41st career double-double.

Turning point

n Up just 33-29 at the break, MSU opened the second half on a 16-4 run and took a 49-33 lead on a 3-pointer by Winsome Frazier.

Key stats

n The Bulldogs' defense forced 22 turnovers, 13 in the first half.

Quotable

n “Mississippi State is deserving of their ranking. They are at least that good, and probably better. They are really, really fast. They are good out of the break. Half of their points come out of transition.” – South Alabama coach John Pelphrey.

Who's next

n Mississippi State travels to Anaheim, Calif., Sunday to face No. 21 Arizona in the John R. Wooden Classic. Tipoff at Arrowhead Pond is slated for 3:30 p.m. The two teams have met twice, splitting the series. In their last outing, the Bulldogs stunned the Wildcats on their home court 75-74 on Dec. 30, 2000.

Notes

n MSU now leads the series against the Jags 9-0, including a 6-0 mark in Starkville. … MSU has now won 17 straight games in the month of December. … Under Rick Stansbury, the Bulldogs are 106-16 when leading at the half. … USA has now hit a 3-pointer in 154 games. … Former MSU guard Stephen Cowherd scored nine points for the Jags.