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Mississippi State 69, Jackson State 59

(AP Photo/HG Biggs)

By ROBBIE FAULK
Associated Pess

JACKSON, Miss. - DJ Jeffries scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as No. 17 Mississippi State overcame some struggles and beat Jackson State 69-59.

Tolu Smith and Eric Reed had 13 points and Keyshawn Murphy added 10 to lead the Bulldogs (10-0).

Coltie Young, the Starkville native who attended Starkville High School, scored 23 points to lead the Tigers (1-9) against his hometown team. He shot 8 for 13 from the field, including 7 for 11 on 3-pointers.

The Tigers became the first team this season to score more than 55 points against the Bulldogs, who have the nation's No. 1 scoring defense.

Jackson State led by 10 in the first half after Mississippi State got off to a sluggish start. The Bulldogs regained the lead and went up by 10 before taking a 31-26 lead at halftime.

Jackson State made it a back-and-forth affair most of the second half before Mississippi State regained the lead for good. After the Tigers took a 53-52 lead with 8 minutes left in the game, the Bulldogs finished with a 17-5 scoring edge.

THE BIG PICTURE

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs escaped a near disaster by finding a way to win. It was a game the Bulldogs didn't play well, but the top-20 team found a way and remained undefeated.

Jackson State: It was one of the best showings of the season for the Tigers who have played a relatively difficult schedule. JSU was in position but just couldn't hold on.

December 14, 2022


Jackson State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
R. Mansel F 28 5-7 1-1 0-0 2-4 2 0 0 2 4 11
T. Young F 26 2-8 0-0 0-4 0-3 0 0 1 2 0 4
Z. Cook F 19 1-2 1-2 0-0 1-4 1 0 1 2 1 3
K. Evans Jr. G 31 3-11 1-2 0-3 2-6 4 0 1 5 3 7
C. Young G 31 8-13 0-0 7-11 2-5 0 0 1 2 1 23
J. Jones   23 2-4 0-0 0-0 3-3 0 0 2 1 3 4
K. Hunt   20 2-3 3-6 0-0 0-0 5 0 2 3 0 7
C. Adams   13 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 1 0
T. Johnson   8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals   199 23-50
(.460)
6-11
(.545)
7-18
(.389)
11-31 13 0 9 20 15 59


Mississippi State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Jeffries F 35 5-13 4-5 1-7 2-5 3 0 2 2 1 15
T. Smith F 31 4-5 5-7 0-0 2-5 3 1 0 2 0 13
C. Matthews F 28 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-3 5 0 5 2 4 2
E. Reed Jr. G 28 5-10 0-1 3-7 2-2 0 0 2 0 1 13
D. Davis G 24 3-6 0-0 1-4 0-1 3 0 1 3 2 7
S. Moore   15 1-4 2-2 1-2 1-2 1 2 0 0 2 5
K. Murphy   12 3-4 2-2 2-3 1-3 2 1 2 3 1 10
W. McNair Jr.   10 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0
J. Horton Jr.   9 1-4 2-3 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 4
T. Stevenson   8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 1 0 1 0 0
Totals   200 23-49
(.469)
15-20
(.750)
8-26
(.308)
9-24 17 5 12 16 12 69
Officials: Doug Shows, Steve Anderson, Lamar Simpson




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