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Mississippi St. cruises to 27-point win over Missouri

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Reggie Perry had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Mississippi State to an easy 72-45 victory over Missouri on Tuesday.

Perry has now collected nine double-doubles this season and has 18 for his career. Tyson Carter had 15 points while Nick Weatherspoon added 11 for Mississippi State (10-6 overall, 1-3 in SEC), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

''Obviously a great win for us and we needed it desperately,'' said Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland.

''Our defense actually improved off our last game and it was our best defensive game of the year,'' he said. Our defense was unbelievable and everything starts with our defense. We were really, really physical and tough. We also played incredibly unselfish with 17 assists on our 30 made field goals. We just executed better offensively by being patient.''

Perry was 9 of 13 from the field and made all three of his free throw attempts. He has now collected five double-doubles in Mississippi State's last six games.

''It was a really big win after the start we had in the SEC,'' said Perry. ''I felt like we played really well ,and we have a lot of confidence in ourselves. The biggest thing is we wanted to be patient. I remember the first media timeout, Coach Howland said we were 4 of 6 shooting because of our patience. So we tried to build on that during the entire game and we got good shots.''

Missouri (9-7, 1-3) was led by Kobe Brown's 14 points and Brown was the only Tiger to finish in double digits.

Early in the second half, Missouri cut the Mississippi State lead to 42-27 following a pair of free throws by Reed Nikko. But the Bulldogs responded with an 18-7 run to put the game away. The Bulldogs led by as many as 32 points in the second half.

Mississippi State shot 54.5% from the floor and made 5 of 13 beyond the arc. The Bulldogs also held a 36-24 rebounding advantage and distributed 17 assists. Missouri shot 34.7% from the floor and made just 5 of 25 beyond the arc. The Tigers were outscored 38-24 in the paint and had 19 turnovers.

''We simply didn't get off to a good start and they made shots,'' said Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin. ''We gave them too much confidence on offense and we missed too many shots around the rim. It was a combination of turning the ball over and not being aggressive and not attacking the rim. But Mississippi State just made plays. Reggie Perry made plays on both ends of the floor. He's a talented player with a tremendous future in front of him.''

Mississippi State jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the opening four minutes. Missouri did not get on the scoreboard until Brown sank a 3 pointer with 15:06 remaining in the first half. The Bulldogs' hot shooting in the first half continued as Mississippi State made 9 of 12 shots to open the game en route to a 19-7 lead.

The Bulldogs stretched the lead to 31-11 after a Weatherspoon 3-pointer with 4:04 left in the first half. Mississippi State maintained that advantage the rest of the way and led 40-20 at halftime. Missouri's point total in the first half was the lowest allowed against SEC competition during Howland's four-plus seasons at Mississippi State.

Mississippi State shot a sizzling 60.7% in the first half while Missouri shot just 34.8% from the field. The Tigers were just 2 of 10 beyond the arc in the opening half while Mississippi State was 3 of 8 on 3s. The Tigers held a 13-12 rebounding edge in the opening half but had 13 turnovers.

BIG PICTURE

Missouri: The Tigers' struggles in Starkville continued on Tuesday with another loss at Humphrey Coliseum. Missouri is now just 1-6 all-time at Mississippi State.

Mississippi State: In desperate search for their first conference win, the Bulldogs finally got that against Missouri. With two more home games over the next eight days, Mississippi State has a chance to get to .500 in the SEC after an 0-3 start.

UP NEXT

Missouri: The Tigers remain on the road and travel to Alabama on Saturday.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs continue their three-game homestand on Saturday and play host to Georgia.

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Time Team Play Score
20:00   Jumpball received by Mississippi State  
19:31 +2 Abdul Ado made jump shot 0-2
19:03   Bad pass turnover on Kobe Brown, stolen by Robert Woodard II  
18:55 +2 Robert Woodard II made jump shot, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 0-4
18:30   Bad pass turnover on Dru Smith  
18:16   Personal foul on Reed Nikko  
18:14   Reggie Perry missed jump shot  
18:12   Defensive rebound by Reed Nikko  
18:12   Personal foul on Abdul Ado  
18:03   Mitchell Smith missed jump shot  
18:01   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
18:01   Personal foul on Mitchell Smith  
17:46 +2 Abdul Ado made layup, assist by Robert Woodard II 0-6
17:20   Bad pass turnover on Dru Smith, stolen by D.J. Stewart Jr.  
17:13 +2 Reggie Perry made jump shot 0-8
16:45   Javon Pickett missed jump shot  
16:43   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
16:11   Shot clock violation turnover on Mississippi State  
15:51   Bad pass turnover on Mitchell Smith  
15:24 +2 Reggie Perry made layup, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 0-10
15:06 +3 Kobe Brown made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Mark Smith 3-10
14:40   Lost ball turnover on Tyson Carter  
14:34   Bad pass turnover on Xavier Pinson  
14:14 +2 Tyson Carter made jump shot 3-12
13:52   Torrence Watson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:50   Defensive rebound by Robert Woodard II  
13:50   Personal foul on Kobe Brown  
13:33   Tyson Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
13:31   Defensive rebound by Kobe Brown  
13:01   Kobe Brown missed layup, blocked by Robert Woodard II  
12:59   Defensive rebound by Mississippi State  
12:43 +2 Robert Woodard II made layup 3-14
12:37   Torrence Watson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
12:35   Defensive rebound by Mississippi State  
12:23   Tyson Carter missed jump shot  
12:21   Defensive rebound by Dru Smith  
12:04   Bad pass turnover on Mitchell Smith, stolen by Iverson Molinar  
11:59 +2 Iverson Molinar made dunk 3-16
11:46   Mitchell Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:44   Offensive rebound by Reed Nikko  
11:38 +2 Reed Nikko made dunk 5-16
11:11 +3 Robert Woodard II made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Stewart Jr. 5-19
10:51 +2 Javon Pickett made layup, assist by Reed Nikko 7-19
10:17   Lost ball turnover on Robert Woodard II, stolen by Javon Pickett  
9:56   Dru Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:54   Offensive rebound by Missouri  
9:51   Offensive foul on Tray Jackson  
9:51   Turnover on Tray Jackson  
9:30   Traveling violation turnover on Reggie Perry  
9:07   Javon Pickett missed layup  
9:05   Offensive rebound by Mitchell Smith  
9:01 +2 Mitchell Smith made layup 9-19
8:47 +2 Reggie Perry made layup, assist by Tyson Carter 9-21
8:47   Shooting foul on Tray Jackson  
8:47 +1 Reggie Perry made free throw 9-22
8:34   Mitchell Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:32   Offensive rebound by Dru Smith  
8:28   Mitchell Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
8:26   Defensive rebound by Tyson Carter  
8:22 +2 Reggie Perry made dunk, assist by Tyson Carter 9-24
8:12   Personal foul on D.J. Stewart Jr.  
8:01   Dru Smith missed jump shot, blocked by Tyson Carter  
7:59   Offensive rebound by Missouri  
7:52   Bad pass turnover on Reed Nikko  
7:36   Reggie Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:33   Offensive rebound by Mississippi State  
7:30   Tyson Carter missed floating jump shot  
7:28   Offensive rebound by Abdul Ado  
7:28 +2 Abdul Ado made dunk 9-26
7:11   Torrence Watson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:09   Defensive rebound by Tyson Carter  
7:02   D.J. Stewart Jr. missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:01   Offensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
7:01   Personal foul on Reed Nikko  
6:45   Nick Weatherspoon missed jump shot  
6:43   Offensive rebound by Abdul Ado  
6:29   Offensive foul on Abdul Ado  
6:29   Turnover on Abdul Ado  
6:17   Offensive foul on Dru Smith  
6:17   Turnover on Dru Smith  
5:50   Lost ball turnover on Nick Weatherspoon, stolen by Xavier Pinson  
5:42 +2 Kobe Brown made driving dunk, assist by Javon Pickett 11-26
5:23 +3 Nick Weatherspoon made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by D.J. Stewart Jr. 11-29
5:15   Personal foul on D.J. Stewart Jr.  
5:04   Bad pass turnover on Xavier Pinson  
4:44   Bad pass turnover on Prince Oduro, stolen by Dru Smith  
4:36   Bad pass turnover on Kobe Brown, stolen by Tyson Carter  
4:25   Prince Oduro missed hook shot  
4:23   Offensive rebound by Robert Woodard II  
4:02 +2 Nick Weatherspoon made jump shot 11-31
3:45   Dru Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:43   Offensive rebound by Kobe Brown  
3:38   Kobe Brown missed dunk, blocked by Prince Oduro  
3:38   Offensive rebound by Kobe Brown  
3:42   Shooting foul on Prince Oduro  
3:42 +1 Kobe Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 12-31
3:42 +1 Kobe Brown made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-31
3:10   Iverson Molinar missed layup, blocked by Javon Pickett  
3:08   Defensive rebound by Javon Pickett  
3:05   Bad pass turnover on Javon Pickett, stolen by Nick Weatherspoon  
3:03   Shooting foul on Javon Pickett  
3:03 +1 Nick Weatherspoon made 1st of 2 free throws 13-32
3:03 +1 Nick Weatherspoon made 2nd of 2 free throws 13-33
2:41 +2 Javon Pickett made layup 15-33
2:10   Tyson Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
2:08   Defensive rebound by Mark Smith  
2:02   Personal foul on Tyson Carter  
1:52 +2 Javon Pickett made reverse layup 17-33
1:34 +3 Reggie Perry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyson Carter 17-36
1:21   Javon Pickett missed layup, blocked by Robert Woodard II  
1:19   Defensive rebound by Robert Woodard II  
1:02   Reggie Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
1:00   Defensive rebound by Javon Pickett  
45.0   Offensive foul on Javon Pickett  
54.0   Turnover on Javon Pickett  
40.0 +2 Tyson Carter made alley-oop shot, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 17-38
23.0 +3 Mark Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Xavier Pinson 20-38
2.0 +2 Nick Weatherspoon made jump shot 20-40
0.0   End of period  

Time Team Play Score
19:32 +3 Javon Pickett made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dru Smith 23-40
19:01   Shooting foul on Mitchell Smith  
19:01 +1 Reggie Perry made 1st of 2 free throws 23-41
19:01 +1 Reggie Perry made 2nd of 2 free throws 23-42
18:50   Bad pass turnover on Mitchell Smith  
18:36   Personal foul on Javon Pickett  
18:27   D.J. Stewart Jr. missed jump shot  
18:25   Defensive rebound by Dru Smith  
18:10   Javon Pickett missed running Jump Shot  
18:08   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
18:00   Robert Woodard II missed layup  
17:58   Offensive rebound by Robert Woodard II  
17:56   Lost ball turnover on Robert Woodard II, stolen by Mark Smith  
17:49 +2 Dru Smith made floating jump shot 25-42
17:23   Bad pass turnover on D.J. Stewart Jr., stolen by Dru Smith  
17:18   Mark Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
17:16   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
16:59   D.J. Stewart Jr. missed jump shot  
16:57   Defensive rebound by Mark Smith  
16:50   Traveling violation turnover on Javon Pickett  
16:29   Lost ball turnover on Nick Weatherspoon, stolen by Dru Smith  
16:24   Shooting foul on Abdul Ado  
16:24 +1 Reed Nikko made 1st of 2 free throws 26-42
16:24 +1 Reed Nikko made 2nd of 2 free throws 27-42
16:14   Nick Weatherspoon missed layup, blocked by Dru Smith  
16:12   Offensive rebound by Mississippi State  
15:57 +2 Robert Woodard II made dunk, assist by Nick Weatherspoon 27-44
15:45 +2 Kobe Brown made dunk, assist by Dru Smith 29-44
15:10   Reggie Perry missed 3-pt. jump shot  
15:08   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Smith  
14:54   Dru Smith missed layup, blocked by Reggie Perry  
14:52   Defensive rebound by D.J. Stewart Jr.  
14:51   Traveling violation turnover on Nick Weatherspoon  
14:32   Kobe Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
14:30   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
14:11 +2 Reggie Perry made running Jump Shot 29-46
13:53   Personal foul on Robert Woodard II  
13:45   Xavier Pinson missed jump shot  
13:43   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
13:19   Nick Weatherspoon missed jump shot  
13:17   Defensive rebound by Mark Smith  
12:58 +2 Reed Nikko made dunk, assist by Xavier Pinson 31-46
12:29 +2 Tyson Carter made jump shot 31-48
12:13   Personal foul on Iverson Molinar  
11:58   Bad pass turnover on Javon Pickett, stolen by Robert Woodard II  
11:53   Bad pass turnover on Robert Woodard II  
11:41   Mark Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
11:39   Defensive rebound by Iverson Molinar  
11:12   Abdul Ado missed hook shot  
11:10   Defensive rebound by Mitchell Smith  
11:00   Offensive foul on Javon Pickett  
11:00   Turnover on Javon Pickett  
10:41   Tyson Carter missed jump shot  
10:39   Defensive rebound by Missouri  
10:12   Torrence Watson missed running Jump Shot, blocked by Abdul Ado  
10:10   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
9:47 +3 Tyson Carter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Abdul Ado 31-51
9:29   Kobe Brown missed 3-pt. jump shot  
9:27   Defensive rebound by Tyson Carter  
8:58 +3 Reggie Perry made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Tyson Carter 31-54
8:41 +3 Mark Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dru Smith 34-54
8:15   Personal foul on Mitchell Smith  
8:12 +2 Tyson Carter made reverse layup, assist by Iverson Molinar 34-56
8:01   Mitchell Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:59   Offensive rebound by Kobe Brown  
7:53   Xavier Pinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:51   Defensive rebound by Abdul Ado  
7:42 +2 Reggie Perry made dunk, assist by Tyson Carter 34-58
7:23   Mark Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:21   Offensive rebound by Dru Smith  
7:17   Xavier Pinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
7:15   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
7:12 +2 Iverson Molinar made finger-roll layup, assist by Tyson Carter 34-60
6:57   Mitchell Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:55   Defensive rebound by Tyson Carter  
6:44   Bad pass turnover on Reggie Perry, stolen by Mitchell Smith  
6:40 +2 Mark Smith made driving layup 36-60
6:41   Shooting foul on Iverson Molinar  
6:41   Mark Smith missed free throw  
6:41   Defensive rebound by Reggie Perry  
6:17   Tyson Carter missed 3-pt. jump shot  
6:15   Offensive rebound by Abdul Ado  
6:15   Personal foul on Reed Nikko  
6:13   Robert Woodard II missed jump shot  
6:11   Offensive rebound by Nick Weatherspoon  
6:11 +2 Nick Weatherspoon made tip-in 36-62
5:55   Bad pass turnover on Torrence Watson, stolen by Tyson Carter  
5:48 +2 Reggie Perry made reverse layup, assist by Tyson Carter 36-64
5:35   Reed Nikko missed hook shot  
5:33   Defensive rebound by Robert Woodard II  
5:10 +2 Tyson Carter made jump shot 36-66
4:56   Bad pass turnover on Dru Smith, stolen by Tyson Carter  
4:51   Shooting foul on Mark Smith  
4:51 +1 Tyson Carter made 1st of 2 free throws 36-67
4:51 +1 Tyson Carter made 2nd of 2 free throws 36-68
4:39 +2 Parker Braun made layup 38-68
4:04   Bad pass turnover on Nick Weatherspoon, stolen by Parker Braun  
3:57   Personal foul on Tyson Carter  
3:49   Xavier Pinson missed 3-pt. jump shot  
3:47   Defensive rebound by Prince Oduro  
3:34   Devin Butts missed jump shot  
3:32   Defensive rebound by Parker Braun  
3:13   Shooting foul on Prince Oduro  
3:13 +1 Kobe Brown made 1st of 2 free throws 39-68
3:13   Kobe Brown missed 2nd of 2 free throws  
3:13   Defensive rebound by Quinten Post  
2:47 +2 Prince Oduro made reverse layup 39-70
2:37 +2 Parker Braun made layup, assist by Xavier Pinson 41-70
2:37