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RECAP: Mississippi State vs Hartford

Recap of the Bulldogs’ handling of the Hartford Hawks

NCAA Basketball: Austin Peay at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the 18th ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs took on the 0-2 Hartford Hawks in The Humphrey Coliseum. The Bulldogs started slow, but after a steal from Lamar Peters that led to a dunk, the Bulldogs were in complete control.

Mississippi State started the game 2/10 from the field and 0/5 from 3 to start the game. After trailing 5-2 in the first few minutes of the game, the Bulldogs caught fire. MSU forced 13 turnovers in the first half and it’s evident that this team can be one of the best transition teams in the SEC and in the country. The half-court offense struggled most of the game, but in the middle of the first half, the Bulldogs shot 6/8 from 3 and started to pull away from Hartford.

Quinndary Weatherspoon led the team in scoring again with 22. Once more, Tyson Carter came off the bench and finished with double digit points along with 3 other Bulldogs. I cannot stress enough how good freshman Reggie Perry and Robert Woodard look. They play like they’re anything but freshmen. Perry finished with 4 rebounds and 7 points; Woodard had 2 points, 1 assist, and 2 rebounds. Although Woodard only had 1 made field goal, it was his most captivating play so far. He went up to get an offensive rebound, a Hartford player initially got it, Woodard ripped it out of his grasp, and put the ball back up for a layup.

Mississippi State shot the ball better from 3 in their second game this season. Shooting 9-24 (37.5%) with 4 of those coming from Tyson Carter. The team had a total of 15 steals and only turned the ball over 12 times to beat Hartford 77-59 and add a second W to the win column. The Bulldogs have 4 days to prepare for Long Beach State on Friday, November 16. I think MSU will breeze by LBSU and be ready to take on the Arizona State Sundevils the following Monday in Las Vegas.