Mississippi State put on a shooting clinic inside Humphrey Coliseum Monday night.
The Bulldogs shot 60 percent from the field as they routed in-state foe Mississippi Valley State 89-68.
“What I want is a good, quality shot every single time,” MSU head coach Rick Ray said. “The most important thing is getting a shot. You have to make sure you that you get an attempt every single time and don’t turn the ball over.”
The Bulldogs (2-0) went 31-for-52 from the field, made four 3-pointers in 15 tires and knocked down 23-of-32 free throws.
The Bulldogs had five players score in double digits. Senior forward Roquez Johnson led the way as he tied a career-high with 20 points. He made a carer-high nine of his 10 shots from the field and knocked down two free throws in four attempts. Gavin Ware scored 19 points and the former Starkville High School standout was two rebounds away from his second double-double of the year. Fred Thomas had 17 points and knocked down 3-of-4 3-pointers. Trivante Bloodman scored 11 points, while junior college transfer Travis Daniels added 10 points.
“The difference in this game was we played a lot of advantage basketball because the team trapped a lot,” Thomas said. “We were able to get out in transition and pick them apart. That’s what helped us shoot a high percentage.”