STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team defeated Missouri 72-45 Tuesday night inside Humphrey Coliseum.
With the win, the Bulldogs snap a three-game losing and improve to 10-6 (1-3 SEC), while the Tigers fall to 9-7 (1-3 SEC).
Sophomore forward Reggie Perry led the offense with 23 points to go with 10 rebounds for yet another double-double. Senior guard Tyson Carter filled up the box score, finishing with 15 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals. Junior guard Nick Weatherspoon and sophomore guard Robert Woodard II chipped in with 11 points and nine points, respectively.
As a unit, the Bulldogs shot 30-of-55 (54.5%) from the field, including 5-of-13 (38.5%) from 3-point range and a perfect 7-of-7 from the charity stripe.
The MSU defense limited the Tigers to 17-of-49 (34.7%) from the field, including 5-of-25 (20.0%) from beyond the arc. The Bulldog defense also forced 19 turnovers, which resulted in 22 points. MSU held a 36-24 rebounding edge.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-0 lead to begin the game. State then managed to grow its lead to 20 points at 31-11 with 4:04 to play in the opening half.
The Tigers made back-to-back layups to make it a 16-point game at 33-17, but the Bulldogs went into the locker room break with a commanding 20-point lead at 40-20.
State shot 17-of-28 (60.7%), while limiting Missouri to 8-of-23 (34.8%) shooting in the half.
The second half was much of the same. Missouri opened the half with a triple to make it 40-23, but MSU kept the foot on the pedal, growing its lead to 32 points at 68-36 with 4:54 left on the clock.
The Bulldogs went on to win 72-45.
MSU will be back in action Saturday when it hosts the Georgia Bulldogs for a 7:30 p.m. CT tip-off. The game will be televised by SEC Network.