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Mississippi State men’s basketball to face Morehead State on Sunday

Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. CT.

Laura Parsley/MSU Athletics

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team will conclude its four-game homestand to begin the 2021-22 season on Sunday when the Bulldogs host Morehead State at 2 p.m. CT inside Humphrey Coliseum.

The Bulldogs (3-0), who have won their first three games by double figures, are coming off a 77-64 win over Detroit Mercy on Wednesday. Junior guard Iverson Molinar and sophomore guard Shakeel Moore scored 19 points apiece to lead MSU.

Junior forward D.J. Jeffries scored 10 points and added five rebounds, while graduate forward Garrison Brooks added eight points and seven rebounds.

Through three games, Molinar has averaged 16 points and five assists per game, while Moore has put up 14 points and 2.3 steals. Brooks has averaged 11.7 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds.

The MSU defense has held opponents to 34.5% shooting, which ranks second in the Southeastern Conference. MSU has also allowed just 54 points per game, which ranks third in the league.

The Eagles (2-2) opened the season with road losses to No. 21 Auburn (77-54) and UAB (85-71) before defeating Kentucky Christian (82-57) and Transylvania (84-59) at home.

Forward Johni Broome, who was the Ohio Valley Conference freshman of the year last season, leads the Eagles with 13.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.

Junior guard Skyelar Potter has averaged 11 points and six rebounds, while graduate guard Tray Hollowell is putting up 10.8 points per game and has made a team-high nine 3-pointers.

Sunday’s game marks the sixth meeting between the Bulldogs and Eagles on the hardwood. MSU has won all five previous meetings, most recently an 85-76 win on Dec. 22, 2016.