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Mississippi State men’s basketball set for game at South Carolina

Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. CT.

NCAA Basketball: Iowa State at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team will look to end a four-game conference losing streak Saturday when it faces the South Carolina Gamecocks at 2:30 p.m. CT inside Colonial Life Arena. The contest will air on SEC Network.

Last time out, the Bulldogs (10-9, 4-6 SEC) suffered a 61-45 road loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks. Redshirt sophomore forward Tolu Smith was the lone Bulldog to score in double figures. He finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Redshirt sophomore guard D.J. Stewart Jr. and sophomore guard Iverson Molinar scored eight and six points, respectively.

Stewart leads the squad in scoring with an average of 17.1 points per game, while Molinar is right behind him with 16.9 per game. Smith puts up 12.7 and a conference-high 8.4 rebounds.

The Gamecocks (5-6, 3-4 SEC) have won two of their last three games, including a 72-66 win over No. 22 Florida on Wednesday. South Carolina held Florida without a field goal for the final 6:37 of the contest and used a 13-1 run to pick up the come-from-behind win.

Junior guard A.J. Lawson leads South Carolina with 17.6 points per game, while junior forward Keyshawn Bryant and redshirt sophomore guard Jermaine Couisnard have complemented Lawson by averaging 14.6 and 11.8 points per game.

The Gamecocks are 5-0 when they hold opposing teams to 71 points or fewer and 0-6 when opponents exceed 71 points.

Saturday’s meeting will be the 40th on the hardwood for MSU and South Carolina. The Bulldogs hold a 23-16 advantage, but the squads have split the last 10 meetings during the Ben Howland era.