STARKVILLE — Jarvis Varnado had 12 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks to lead Mississippi State to a 75-50 victory over Texas-Pan American on Tuesday night.
Mississippi State (3-1) shot 52.6 percent from the field and hit nine shots from beyond the arc.
The Bulldogs held the Broncs (0-5) to 19-for-65 shooting from the field, and have held their past three opponents to an average of 38.8 percent shooting.
Texas-Pan American lived and died by the 3-point shot, finishing 7-for-21 from beyond the arc against a tough perimeter defense by the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State won the rebounding battle 45-33 behind Varnado’s performance.
Varnado was 6-for-8 from the field and his 15 rebounds were a season high. His eight blocks tied a season high set last week against Southeastern Louisiana.
The Bulldogs opened on a 16-5 run and led 42-33 at the half. Mississippi State opened the second half on a 10-1 run and the Broncs trailed 60-39 by the 11-minute mark. The Broncs hit only six shots in the second half.
Dee Bost added 13 points with six rebounds and four assists for the Bulldogs.
Barry Stewart added 12 points and Ravern Johnson chipped in 11 on 4-of-8 shooting.
Luis Valera and Nick Weiermiller had eight points apiece as no Texas-Pan American player finished in double figures.
Read more in Wednesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.
The Associated Press