Led by upperclassmen Anriel Howard and Jordan Danberry, the sixth ranked team in the country made the most of the rivalry and took it to the Rebels. Now 24 -2 and 12 - 1 in conference play, the Bulldogs should see themselves back in the top five. Both Howard and Danberry scored in double digits, Howard with 21 and Danberry with 20 points. Howard added 10 rebounds.
The third quarter has been key for Mississippi State all season long. While the team has been known for getting off to slow starts, the Bulldogs seem to kick it into another gear come the start of the third. Howard’s 17 second half points were a real spark that ignited the team and took Ole Miss by surprise.
Star center Teaira McCowan posted 15 points and 12 boards along with Jazzmun Holmes recording seven assists and two steals. The Bulldogs seemed to be in rhythm all game long. But it will take more than the third quarter down the road. Mississippi State must jump out of the gate and close out the game while nursing a lead.
Expect more scoring from Howard and Danberry, who have established a formidable duo. Both excel on both each end of the floor and have the leadership skills to take this squad a level higher. Look for them to continue their hot streak in their return home to face Vanderbilt.
The Bulldogs take on the Commodores Sunday at 1:00 P.M.