Depleted Rebels Fall At MSU
Jan. 23, 2016

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Junior Rasheed Brooks scored 20 points and senior Anthony Perez posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, but Ole Miss, playing without three starters, fell 83-77 on the road at Mississippi State Saturday.

Freshman Malik Newman scored 20 of his career-high 25 points in the second half to help the Bulldogs to the win. Quinndary Weatherspoon added 18 points for the MSU (8-10, 1-5 SEC).Gavin Ware had 14 points and Craig Sword added 10 with five assists Mississippi State.

Freshman Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey added 16 for Ole Miss (12-7, 2-5), while Perez's 14 points and 10 rebounds marked his first career double-doubl. Marcanvis Hymon chipped in eight points and 10 boards.

It was tied at 59-all with 8:25 remaining when Newman made a 3-pointer to spark an 11-0 run and the Bulldogs led 70-59 with 4:43 to play.

Fitzpatrick-Dorsey scored six points and Brooks added a 3 as part of a 10-2 spurt to pull the Rebels to 79-75 with 22 seconds left. Ware answered with a dunk and I.J. Ready made a pair of free throws to seal it.

Mississippi State shot 52 percent from the field and 50 percent (12 of 24) from 3-point territory. The Rebels shot just 38 percent from the floor, but made 10 of 20 3-pointers with Brooks hitting 4 of 7.

The Bulldogs had 15 turnovers but just four in the second half while Ole Miss had 10. The Rebels outrebounded the Bulldogs 36-31 and held a 16-7 advantage on the offensive glass.

The first half had several runs from both teams, and eight lead changes. Mississippi State jumped to a 17-8 lead before Ole Miss reeled off ten straight points. Late in the first half, the Rebels had back-to-back 3s from Perez and Tomasz Gielo and to push their lead to 38-32.

However, Weatherspoon finished the half with four straight points as Mississippi State trailed 38-36 at halftime. Weatherspoon had 15 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting.

Ole Miss held the halftime lead largely due to perimeter shooting as the Rebels made 7 of 13 3-pointers in the first half. Overall, the Rebels shot just 31.3 percent in the first half, and only three field goals were not from beyond the arc.

The Bulldogs shot 54 percent in the first half and held an 18-15 advantage on the boards. Mississippi State, however, had 11 turnovers in the first half that resulted into 14 points for Ole Miss.


 

 

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