STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team cruised to a 69-48 win over South Carolina Wednesday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 13-11 (7-8 SEC), while the Gamecocks fall to 5-12 (3-10 SEC).
Redshirt sophomore guard D.J. Stewart Jr. led MSU with 15 points and five assists, while redshirt senior forward Abdul Ado joined him in double figures with 11 points. He also recorded eight rebounds and three blocks.
Redshirt sophomore forward Tolu Smith added nine points and 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Iverson Molinar also chipped in nine points.
The Bulldogs shot 24-for-51 (47.1%), including 4-for-12 (33.3%) from 3-point range. MSU also made 17-for-22 (77.3%) from the free-throw line. MSU’s big men dominated the paint and owned a 49-24 rebounding edge and a 38-20 edge in points in the paint.
The Gamecocks shot just 18-for-62 (29.0%) from the field, including 4-for-21 (19.0%) on 3-pointers. They made nine of their 11 free throws.
South Carolina was led by junior forward Keyshawn Bryant with 14 points and junior guard A.J. Lawson with 10.
The Bulldogs opened the game on a 21-7 run and kept the momentum going on their way to a 38-23 halftime lead.
South Carolina trimmed the deficit down to 12 points at 45-33 with 13:40 left in the game, but MSU increased its lead to 20 points at 57-37 with 7:18 left. MSU went on to win 69-48.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Saturday when they host No. 6 Alabama at 5 p.m. CT for senior night. The game will air on SEC Network.