Mississippi State, after starting the season with five straight wins, now finds themselves in a losing streak after dropping their last three contests. This loss also extends Rick Ray's and the Bulldog's road losing streak to nineteen games.
The Bulldogs tripped out of the starting gate, scoring only two points in the first eight minutes of the first half, while committing seven turnovers in the same time frame, quickly falling into a 14-2 hole. Thanks to poor shooting from the Beavers, Mississippi State was able to work their way back into the ball game at the end of game, but turnovers from the Bulldogs and execution on the Oregon State side sealed up the ten point win for the Beavers.
It was an overall sloppy game by both teams, with a combined 27 turnovers and neither side shooting better than 37% from the floor. Since shooting for 55% in the win against St. Louis, Mississippi State has gone cold from the field, shooting below 40% in each of the last three games. Despite the team's overall poor performance, Fred Thomas was the star of the game. In the losing effort he contributed a game high 16 points, 9 rebounds and hit on all of his foul shots.
Despite the lineup change for State, with Craig Sword replacing Roquez Johnson in the starting lineup, bench production still remained an issue, with only 12 points coming from the Bulldog's bench compared to the 21 provided by Oregon State's reserves.
Coach Ray and company are going to have to regroup quickly following this long road trip as they are back at the Hump, this Wednesday, for their next contest against Arkansas State (2-3).
Next Game: Arkansas State, December 17th @ 6:00 CST- SEC Network