Thu, 21 Jan 2021

Mississippi State edges North Texas

Field Level Media
05 Dec 2020, 13:40 GMT+10

D.J. Stewart Jr. scored 16 points and Iverson Molinar added 15 as host Mississippi State held off North Texas 69-63 on Friday night.

Tolu Smith had 12 points and Jalen Johnson 10 as the Bulldogs won their second straight to improve to 2-2.

Rubin Jones scored 14, Zachary Simmons had 11 points and 12 rebounds, Thomas Bell scored 11 and Javion Hamlet added 10 points to lead the Mean Green, who lost their second straight to fall to 1-2.

Stewart's basket started the second-half scoring and gave MSU a 31-20 lead.

Simmons' 3-pointer and five points by Bell pulled NTSU within 33-28.

Molinar's basket pushed the lead to nine, but the Mean Green closed within four on a 3-point play by Hamlet.

Abdul Ado made two baskets as the Bulldogs took the first of three 10-point leads.

James Reese's 3-point play pulled North Texas within 54-48 with 6:54 left.

The Mean Green got within six points twice more before baskets by Smith and Stewart increased MSU's lead to 62-52 with 4:31 remaining.

Jones made consecutive 3-pointers to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 64-58 with three minutes left.

North Texas got within six three more times, but couldn't get any closer as it missed its last five field-goal attempts.

MSU scored the first seven points of the game as Ado opened the scoring with a jumper and Molinar followed with a 3-pointer and two free throws.

North Texas scored six straight to pull within a point before the Bulldogs went on another run.

Johnson made a jumper and three free throws and Molinar made two layups during a 13-2 run that gave MSU a 20-8 lead.

Simmons' basket pulled the Mean Green within 26-17 before Johnson answered with three more free throws.

Bell made two free throws and Simmons made one as North Texas cut the Bulldogs' lead to 29-20 at halftime.

Neither team shot well in the first half, as North Texas made 8 of 30 field goals, including 1 of 12 from 3-point range. MSU made 9 of 25 field goals, including 1 of 5 from beyond the arc.

--Field Level Media

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