STARKVILLE — Mike Ringgold and Novar Gadson scored 21 points each, and Rider pulled off the first big upset of the season, beating No. 18 Mississippi State 88-74 Friday night.
The Broncs drove to the basket relentlessly and hit 62.5 percent of their 3-point shots to knock off lifeless Mississippi State on the night the Bulldogs (0-1) received their 2008-09 Southeastern Conference championship rings.
Rider used a 15-5 run near the end of the first half to take a 47-45 halftime advantage and never relinquished it. Ryan Thompson scored 16 for Rider (1-0), Justin Robinson had 15 and Gadson added 11 rebounds.
Jarvis Varnado led the Bulldogs with 22 points, 11 rebounds and seven blocked shots, but Mississippi State managed just 10 field goals in the second half.
The Associated Press