FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team turned the ball over 26 times and made just 15 shots in Tuesday’s 61-45 loss to Arkansas inside Bud Walton Arena.
The Bulldogs (10-9, 4-6 SEC) shot 15-for-49 (30.6%) for the game, including just 5-for-19 (26.3%) on 3-pointers. The 26 turnovers by the Bulldogs are the most by a Southeastern Conference team this season, and the Razorbacks (14-5, 6-4 SEC) capitalized on the turnovers by outscoring MSU 25-4 in points off turnovers.
Redshirt sophomore forward Tolu Smith was the lone Bulldog to score in double figures. He finished with 10 points, five rebounds and five turnovers. Redshirt sophomore guard D.J. Stewart Jr. and sophomore guard Iverson Molinar scored eight and six points, respectively. They both had four turnovers, too.
Arkansas was led by freshman guard Moses Moody and redshirt sophomore forward Connor Vanover with 13 points apiece. Graduate transfer forward Justin Smith and freshman guard Davonte Davis both finished with 10 points. Smith added 10 boards, while Davis added eight.
As a team, the Razorbacks shot 23-for-64 (35.9%) and 2-for-17 (11.8%) from beyond the arc. They also made 13 of 14 (92.9%) free throws compared to 10 of 18 (55.6%) by the Bulldogs.
MSU jumped out to a 14-2 lead with 10:50 left in the first half. However, Arkansas ended the half on a 23-4 run and the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 28-22 at the halftime break.
MSU managed to pull within five points at 42-37 with 9:36 left in the game. The Razorbacks then used a 9-2 spurt to go up 51-39 with 6:53, ultimately ending any hope the Bulldogs had to make a comeback, as the Bulldogs fell 61-45.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday when they travel to South Carolina for a 2:30 p.m. CT game against the Gamecocks. The game will air on SEC Network.