GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Mississippi State 78, Missouri 63

STARKVILLE, Miss. - DJ Stewart scored 20 of his 24 points in the second half, and Mississippi State overcame a 12-point halftime deficit to roll past No. 13 Missouri 78-63.

Mississippi State trailed by 14 early in the second half before taking the lead with a 15-0 run and then pulling away with a 21-4 burst.

Iverson Molinar added 20 points for the Bulldogs (7-4, 2-1 Southeastern Conference). Tolu Smith had 15 points and nine rebounds.

Jeremiah Tilmon led Missouri (7-2, 1-2) with 16 points. Xavier Pinson scored 13 points and Dru Smith had 11.

Stewart was was 10 of 14 from the field and 4 of 4 from the free-throw line. He hit six consecutive field goals at one point in the second half.

Mississippi State trailed 43-29 early in the second half before Stewart's jumper with 13:07 remaining capped the 15-0 run and put the Bulldogs ahead by one. The Tigers pushed back ahead 50-48, but a three-point play from Stewart gave Mississippi State the lead for good and the Bulldogs quickly stretched the advantage to 69-54.

Mississippi State shot 51.9% from the field, including a 67.9% in the second half. The Bulldogs out-rebounded Missouri 37-22 and made 19 of 21 at the free-throw line.

Missouri led 39-27 at halftime.

Mississippi State shot 35% from the field in the opening 20 minutes. The Bulldogs had eight first-half turnovers and Missouri outscored the Bulldogs 15-2 in points off turnovers. Associated Press


January 5, 2021