Ben Howland’s young team looked young for the majority of this game, but Mississippi State overcame youth caused mistakes to defeat Norfolk State 78-74 tonight.
Four out of five starters for Mississippi State scored in the double digits tonight, with Quinndary Weatherspoon leading all scorers for both teams with 22 points. Weatherspoon also snagged 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks in his outing tonight.
Weatherspoon was particularly active and accurate in the first half with 14 of Weatherspoon’s 22 points coming before halftime. In the second half, however, Tyson Carter took over. In his first collegiate game, Carter drained 5 of 7 shots from behind the arc en route to scoring 17 points tonight, 14 of which came in the second half.
I.J. Ready was also active for the Bulldogs tonight. Ready was the team’s leader in assists with 7 while also scoring 14 points of his own. Rounding out the double digit scoring performances from the starters is Aric Holman who recorded a double-double. Holman scored 11 points, had 11 rebounds, and then also blocked 5 shots.
Mississippi State struggled with turnovers and fouls tonight, but stellar shooting, particularly from three point range, allowed the Bulldogs to overcome their errors. The Bulldogs are a young team, and in previous years it’s possible that they would have lost this game, but they’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn and grow up ahead.
MSU will head to Charleston, South Carolina to partake in the Charleston Classic tournament where the Bulldogs will face off against University of Central Florida this coming Thursday.