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Mississippi State vs Troy

Troy 56, Mississippi St. 53

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TROY, Ala. (AP) - Emil Jones hit a tiebreaking jumper with 1.6 seconds remaining to help Troy beat Mississippi State 56-53 Friday night in both teams' season opener.

Jones' 16-footer snapped a 53-53 tie and helped the Trojans win their first game in their new arena and spoil Mississippi State coach Rick Ray's debut with the Bulldogs.

"You only get a chance to win your first game in a new place one time," 31st-year Troy coach Don Maestri said. "You only get a chance to make history once."

Mississippi State, which started a true freshman and had two other freshmen play at least 20 minutes, trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half.

Down 48-40 with 8 1/2 minutes left, the Bulldogs tied it 53-53. Colin Borchert, a junior college transfer making his Mississippi State debut, hit two free throws with 1:10 remaining.

"It's not an ideal situation for this group to play its first game on the road," Ray said. "Not many high-measure universities play their first game on the road."

The Bulldogs last started a season on an opponent's court in 2001. They played a neutral-site game in 2004.

After Jones' tiebreaking basket, the Bulldogs suffered a turnover on their inbounds play. Troy's R.J. Scott hit a free throw with seven-tenths of a second remaining.

Junior reserve Tevin Calhoun had 12 points to lead Troy, which was opening $40 million Trojan Arena. Jones and Hunter Williams scored 10 each.

Junior guard Jalen Steele, one of just five returnees for the Bulldogs, scored a team-high 16 points. Sophomore Trivante Bloodman added 11 points and freshman Gavin Ware had 10 off the bench.

The Trojans hit six 3-pointers, including three by Calhoun, in a 7 1/2-minute span of the first half to build a 30-14 lead.

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Mississippi State Bulldogs
C. Borchert, F323-90-03137
W. Lewis, C161-11-12053
J. Steele, G345-124-471116
T. Bloodman, G334-53-641111
F. Thomas, G271-81-23104
G. Ware245-60-170110
C. Sword220-12-44152
T. Cunningham120-10-01100
Totals 19-4311-183361653
 44.2%61.1% 
Troy Trojans
R. Chambers, C200-30-05150
H. Williams, G304-110-101210
E. Jones, G284-102-283410
R. Scott, G242-61-22016
A. Myers, G221-21-22303
J. Mullahey212-30-02146
D. Jethroe203-90-01117
T. Calhoun154-110-031012
J. Warren121-10-04152
B. Dixon80-20-04000
Totals 21-584-734122256
 36.2%57.1% 
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Arkansas St.4-69-10253
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