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Texas-San Antonio vs Mississippi State

Mississippi St. 53, Texas-San Antonio 42

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Wendell Lewis scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Mississippi State to a 53-42 victory over Texas-San Antonio on Tuesday night.

Lewis was one of the few consistent performers in an ugly offensive night for both teams. The 6-foot-9, 258-pound senior made 8 of 9 shots from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line.

Freshman Craig Sword added 13 points for the Bulldogs (3-5), who won for the second time in six games. Mississippi State won despite 17 turnovers.

Texas-San Antonio (3-5) was led by Kannon Burrage's 15 points, though the senior shot just 4 of 18 from the field and had six turnovers. Hyjii Thomas added 10 points. The Roadrunners committed 20 turnovers and shot just 15 of 55 (27.3 percent) from the field.

There was a lot of sloppy basketball at Humphrey Coliseum, especially in the first half when both teams went more than six minutes without scoring. The Roadrunners were playing without starting guard Michael Hale III (knee) and obviously missed his 16.5 points per game.

Lewis hit a layup to give Mississippi State a 16-14 lead with 8:21 remaining in the first half, and then no one scored until Lewis hit another layup with 1:48 remaining. In between were crooked shots, turnovers, broken plays and red faces for Mississippi State coach Rick Ray and UTSA coach Brooks Thompson.

Fred Thomas hit a 3-pointer to push the Bulldogs ahead 21-14 with 1:03 remaining in the half, and they took a 23-17 lead into halftime.

Mississippi State has predictably struggled this season under Ray, the first-year coach who has had to deal with rampant attrition and injuries. The Bulldogs have only seven healthy scholarship players and have already lost by double-digits to North Carolina, Marquette, Texas and Providence.

The Roadrunners figured to be an easier challenge, especially considering they were coming off a 33-point loss to Cal State Bakersfield.

But Mississippi State's constant turnovers kept things close.

The Bulldogs played better in the second half, and shot 21 of 46 from the field (45.7 percent) for the game. They finally put the Roadrunners away on Sword's 3-point play with 2:22 left, which pushed the lead to 47-35.

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Texas-San Antonio Roadrunners
J. Hill, F373-121-27028
L. Wilkins, F272-30-18114
K. Burrage, G374-184-651315
A. Price, G311-40-00323
J. Sims, G310-70-09010
H. Thomas204-100-020210
E. McGregor91-10-02122
T. Wood60-00-00000
T. Mayberry20-00-00020
Totals 15-555-93661542
 27.3%55.6% 
Mississippi State Bulldogs
R. Johnson, F253-90-13037
G. Ware, F140-30-05010
F. Thomas, G323-101-23009
T. Bloodman, G300-10-00520
C. Sword, G305-93-623413
C. Borchert262-50-010124
W. Lewis268-94-550020
T. Cunningham170-00-03200
Totals 21-468-1434111253
 45.7%57.1% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Western Ky.7-014-568
La. Tech6-115-5106
UAB6-110-10178
Middle Tenn.5-212-8128
Old Dominion4-315-443
UTEP4-312-7104
UT-San Antonio3-49-9248
Rice3-46-12296
FIU2-39-9209
Charlotte2-58-11151
North Texas2-58-11270
FAU1-48-8236
So. Miss1-66-12295
Marshall1-65-15312

Southeastern
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Kentucky6-019-02
Arkansas5-216-418
Georgia5-214-524
Texas A&M5-214-532
LSU4-215-438
Tennessee4-312-753
Florida4-311-971
Ole Miss3-312-746
Alabama3-413-765
Miss. State2-49-10211
Auburn2-510-10156
S. Carolina1-510-8120
Missouri1-57-12161
Vanderbilt1-611-9114
 
Other games
UT 41 Final
GU 64
WCAR 64 Final
ILL 72
SDST 64 Final
MINN 88
SEMO 65 Final
MIZZ 81
WMU 41 Final
MICH 73
LOU 80 Final
CHRL 38
USM 55 Final
ARIZ 63
NCST 69 Final
CONN 65
UNLV 68 Final
PORT 60