Outside offense and interior defense gave #18 Mississippi State the correct combination to take care of home business by beating Cincinnati 70-59.
Coach Ben Howland assembled a slate to challenge his veteran ball club and score NCAA Tournament points.
Despite missing some early long shots this time the green light glowed and State kept working for opening at the arc.
Seven of his scoring passes set up made-threes, too, as the point guard showed uncommon patience looking the zone over, dribbling around the top until finding the right teammate, and delivering.
In just a 13-second stretch both forward Tre Scott and center Nysier Brooks drew their fourth personals, with State’s Quinndary Weatherspoon making it sting worse by hitting a three over the tighter substitute-filled zone.
Having navigated a resume-building stretch with wins at Dayton, against Clemson on a neutral court, and now Cincinnati, the Bulldogs will likely rise a bit in next week’s polls.
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- Balanced Mississippi State Tops Cincinnati, 70-59247Sports
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- MSU continues resume building with Cincinnati winNortheast Mississippi Daily Journal
- #18 Bulldogs Defeat Cincinnati In A Packed Out Humphrey ColiseumWCBI
- Winning with defense: Bulldogs beat Bearcats at their own gameStarkville Daily News
- No. 18 Mississippi State beats Cincinnati 70-59Minneapolis Star Tribune
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