STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team will be back in action Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT when it welcomes the Detroit Mercy Titans to Humphrey Coliseum. The game can be watched on SEC Network+.
The Bulldogs (2-0) are off to a hot start with home wins over North Alabama and Montana. MSU is coming off an 86-49 win over Montana on Saturday. In that game, junior guard Iverson Molinar led the way for the Bulldogs with 16 points and added seven rebounds and six assists.
Sophomore guard Shakeel Moore and junior forward D.J. Jeffries added 15 points apiece, while sophomore forward Cameron Matthews finished with 11 points and transfer forward Garrison Brooks added nine points to go with a game-high 11 rebounds.
Through two games, Molinar has averaged 14.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds, while Brooks has put up 13.5 points and eight rebounds per game.
Junior guard Rocket Watts, who joined the Bulldogs as a transfer from Michigan State, is expected to make his Bulldog debut against his hometown team on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder from Detroit has been recovering from offseason surgery he had to repair a torn labrum in his hip.
Watts averaged 7.7 points and 2.7 assists last season for the Spartans and averaged nine points per game as a freshman, which earned him a spot on the Big Ten all-freshman team.
The Titans (0-2) have opened the season with road losses at Wyoming (85-47) and at Toledo (81-73). They have allowed opponents to shoot 51.6% through two games, which ranks 341st in the nation.
Senior guard Antoine Davis leads the team in scoring with 18.5 points per game, while junior forward Madut Akec is averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Wednesday’s game marks the fourth meeting between MSU and Detroit Mercy on the hardwood. The Bulldogs are 2-1 against the Titans and swept a home-and-home series during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.