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Mississippi State Bulldogs Defeat Clayton State Lakers 59-46

Despite a poor shooting performance, the Bulldogs pulled out the 59-46 victory over Clayton State.

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In a game where both offenses struggled, and Mississippi State did not hit a single three point shot, the Bulldogs were still able to pull out the thirteen point victory, improving to 4-0 for the first time since the 2010-2011 season.

Roquez Johnson shined again, scoring a game high 15 points and pulling down 8 rebounds. Despite Johnson's performance both teams struggled finding the basket, with both teams shooting below 40% for the game.

Late in the second half the Bulldogs began to pull away from the Lakers building a 20 point lead, but a late rally by Clayton State created a closer final margin. One of the bright spots of the game was the Bulldogs continued success at the charity stripe hitting on 78% of their 27 attempts. Clayton State's struggles shooting the ball continued at the free throw line connecting on only 6 of their 15 attempts.

Luckily, Mississippi State and Coach Ray will have time to regroup and gain some mojo on offense as their next game on Friday against St. Louis (3-1) should provide the first true challenge of the season.