MSU risks its win streak on the road in California

STARKVILLE – For the second time in less than three weeks, the Mississippi State men’s basketball team is back on the left coast.
The Bulldogs (11-2) will put their eight-game winning streak on the line tonight against San Diego (6-8). Tipoff at the Jenny Craig Pavilion is slated for 6 p.m. The game will not be televised.
MSU was in California on Dec. 12 for a 72-54 win against UCLA in the Wooden Classic. The Bulldogs are 5-6 in gam,es played in the Golden State under Rick Stansbury.
Last year, San Diego escaped Starkville with a 64-61 win. But the Toreros have lost seven of their last nine this season.
On Monday night, MSU dismantled Mississippi Valley State 73-45, extending to 12 games the Bulldogs streak of holding opponents under 70 points.
Four MSU players have double-digit scoring averages. Junior guard Ravern Johnson leads the way with his 15.4 clip, followed by senior All-SEC standout Jarvis Varnado (13.4), Barry Stewart (12.0) and Dee Bost (10.5). Varnado is also second in the league in rebounding (10.3) and leads the nation in blocked shots (69).
– Rebels rest: The No. 16 Ole Miss men are off until Jan. 5, when they entertain Central Florida in their final tune-up for SEC play.

NEMS Daily Journal

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