On Saturday afternoon in New Orleans, Mississippi State found themselves in a back and forth battle with Tulane, which ultimately led to another disappointing loss on the road for the Bulldogs. This is the 18th loss in a row on the road for Mississippi State, their last win in enemy territory came against Georgia in January 2013.
The first half of the game saw multiple lead changes with Tulane taking a two point lead to the locker room. The game continued back and forth but credit Tulane for keeping the game just out of reach. The Bulldogs did make a run late and were able to battle back from a seven point deficit to take the lead with six minutes remaining, only to go scoreless in the final two minutes of the ballgame.
Mississippi State's struggles shooting the ball continued against Tulane, as the team shot for less than 40% for the second game in a row, and hit on only two shots from behind the arc. The team who made their mark by out rebounding their opponents in their first five games have now been out rebounded by both TCU and Tulane. This is also the second game in a row in which State has shot less than 65% from the charity stripe.
Tulane hit 7 of their three point attempts, including one by Senior Jay Hook with thirty seconds left in the game to seal the victory for the Green Wave. Outside of the St. Louis game, Mississippi State has been unable to hit consistently from the outside, hitting on only 5 of their 23 attempts in their two loses. Along with the starter's scoring struggles come the team's bench issues, with only eight points coming from the reserves.
The Bulldogs and coach Ray have a week to prepare for a rough road trip to the west coast to face the Oregon State Beavers.
Next Game: Oregon State (4-2), December 13th at 3:00 CST