Your Bulldogs have played a month of basketball to this point, and here’s how they’ve played.
A month of Bulldog basketball is behind us, and your Bulldogs are 6-1 headed into December. The Bulldogs six wins came over Austin Peay, Hartford, Long Beach State, Saint Mary’s, Alcorn State and Dayton. Coach Howland has done a good job regrouping and winning three straight after losing to Arizona State in the MGM Resorts Main Event. As the Bulldogs begin to get ready for the next month long stretch of basketball, they have themselves in a pretty good position to continue their hot start.
Mississippi State vs Austin Peay – November 9
Mississippi State started off the year right by defeating Austin Peay 95-67 in front of the home crowd in Starkville. Going into the locker room with a 50-34 lead at halftime, the Bulldogs never looked back and rode out their hot start to finish off the Governors down the stretch. At the end of the game, five Bulldogs including Aric Holman, the Weatherspoon brothers, Abdul Ado, and Tyson Carter all had double digit points. Holman also finished with ten rebounds, a team high, giving him a double-double on the night. Lamar Peters struggled to shoot the ball, but picked up the slack by leading the team in assists, dishing out seven. In their freshman debut as Bulldogs, Reggie Perry and Robert Woodard both played well, combining for thirteen points, six rebounds, and an assist.
Mississippi State vs Hartford – November 11
State moved to 2-0 after defeating Hartford 77-59 at home to start off the MGM Resorts Main Event Regional Round. After a strong first half, the Bulldogs went into the locker room with a 43-29 lead. Coming out of the half, the Bulldogs looked to finish strong and put away the Hawks. Four Bulldogs were in double digits, Q leading the way with twenty-one. Aric Holman came close to another double-double, but came up two rebounds shy of the achievement. Abdul Ado lead the team in the rebound category, bringing down ten boards. Peters struggled shooting the ball for the second night in a row, but he led the team in assists again as well with four. Freshmen Robert Woodard and Reggie Perry played good minutes, scoring nine of the Bulldogs seventy-seven.
Mississippi State vs Long Beach State – November 16
With the Bulldogs 79-51 win over Long Beach State, the Bulldogs not only moved to 3-0, but also stayed undefeated in the MGM Resorts Regional Round. The Bulldogs played great defense all game, holding Long Beach under thirty points in both halves. The Bulldogs also held all of Long Beach’s players under double digit points. Holman once again came very close to getting a double-double, racking up ten points and seven rebounds. Four Bulldogs scored in double digits, with Q leading the way with twenty-one points once again. Lamar Peters shot the ball much better in this game, scoring sixteen. Freshman Reggie Perry had a huge game as well, scoring five points and bringing down fourteen rebounds, a team high.
Mississippi State vs Arizona State – November 19
Playing their first game away from The Hump, Mississippi State took on Arizona State in Las Vegas in the MGM Resorts Main Event. After a tough first half, the Bulldogs rebounded and rallied to close the gap in the second half, but ultimately lost 72-67. Four Bulldogs finished the game with double digit points, Holman leading the way with twenty-two. Holman also added ten rebounds, a team high, giving him a double-double, his second on the year. The Bulldogs did not shoot the three ball well, shooting 8-30 on the game, ultimately bringing their demise. State didn’t get much help from the bench unit either, only getting eight points from them.
Mississippi State vs Saint Mary’s – November 21
After a disappointing loss to Arizona State, the Bulldogs needed to regroup and get a big win over Saint Mary’s. Going into halftime with a 35-27 lead, the Bulldogs knew they needed to come out strong to put away the Gaels. Saint Mary’s kept it close the entire night, but Lamar Peters put the game away with a clutch free throw with seconds left in the game. Peters finished the game with ten points, three rebounds, and five assists. Two other Bulldogs finished with double digit points on the night, as Q and Tyson Carter both finished with twelve. Aric Holman was one point away from his third double-double of the year as he finished with nine points and eleven rebounds. Freshman Reggie Perry got his first start of the year in the absence of Abdul Ado. Perry played well, scoring five points and bringing down five boards. Robert Woodard also played well, scoring six with three rebounds. Although the Bulldogs only scored sixty-one points, every Bulldog that touched the court scored, the first time that has happened all year.
Mississippi State vs Alcorn State – November 26
In their first game back in the Hump, the Bulldogs defeated Alcorn State 88-65. After a strong first half in which Alcorn State was held to only twenty-nine points, the Bulldogs went into the break with a 44-29 lead. After scoring forty-four points in the second half, the Bulldogs expanded their lead to twenty-three points, putting away the Braves for good. Five Bulldogs were in double digits after the game, including freshman Reggie Perry who had sixteen points. Perry also added eleven rebounds to give him a double-double, the first of his young, Bulldog basketball career. Fellow freshman Robert Woodard, scored six points and added six rebounds as well. The team as a whole shot the three ball very well, shooting 11-24 from behind the arc.
Mississippi State vs Dayton – November 30
Looking to extend their winning streak to three games in a row and to move to 6-1 on the year, the Bulldogs took a trip to Dayton, Ohio to take on the Dayton Flyers. After trailing 29-26 at halftime, the Bulldogs responded with a great second half and outscored the Flyers 39-29. Q had another great game, scoring twenty-one while adding twelve rebounds to get him his first double-double of the year. Abdul Ado and Nick Weatherspoon also had double digit points, scoring ten and fourteen. After having another rough game shooting the ball, Peters once again led the team in assists, handing out eight, a team high. Q Weatherspoon also climbed into the top ten scoring list in MSU basketball history in this game.
After a very solid month of basketball, the Bulldogs will look to carry their momentum into December where they have some tough games on the schedule. The three games away from the home fans against Dayton, Arizona State and Saint Mary’s should help as the the Bulldogs have Clemson, Cincinnati, and BYU all coming up next.