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Ready, Holman help Mississippi St beat Northwestern St 65-59

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) I.J. Ready had 14 and Aric Holman added 13 to lead Mississippi State to a 65-59 win over Northwestern State on Monday night.

Ready and Holman combined for 10 of the Bulldogs' last 12 points. Northwestern State's Zeek Woodley made 5 of 9 on 3-point attempts, and finished with 28 points.

Ready's two free throws put Mississippi State up 55-54 with 4:05 remaining in the second half and the Bulldogs never trailed again.

''I am really happy we got the win and we were obviously short-handed tonight,'' said Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland. ''We started out in a zone because I was worried about getting in foul trouble. We didn't shoot the ball well either and you never expect Tyson (Carter) to go 0 of 7 (on three pointers). But I am proud of the way Eli Wright defended and rebounded and we just hope to get healthier.''

In his first college start, Wright scored a career-best 11 points and also led the Bulldogs with seven rebounds.

''Right before the game Coach Howland came to me and told me I would be starting,'' said Wright, who was 4 of 5 from the field. ''I was glad to take advantage of the chance they gave me. I did okay but I could've been more aggressive. Coach Howland told me to key on my rebounding so I have tried to progress on that.''

The Demons jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the first six minutes as both teams struggled offensively in the first half. Mississippi State responded with an 18-6 run to take a 22-20 lead after a dunk by Tyson Carter.

The first half finished with the Bulldogs and Demons deadlocked at 28-28. Mississippi State shot 40 percent and missed all nine three-point attempts in the first half.

For the game, Northwestern State shot 38.9 percent from the field and made 9 of 21 three pointers. The Demons also out-rebounded Mississippi State 33-31.

''I am really proud of our kids coming in and competing against a bigger and quicker team,'' said Northwestern State head coach Mike McConathy. ''Our Achilles' heel was our turnovers and they got 26 points off our (19) turnovers.''

Mississippi State has 13 turnovers and shot 46.2 percent for the game. The Bulldogs made just 2 of 15 three points and made 15 of 20 free throws.

BIG PICTURE

Mississippi State: Already without leading scorer Quinndary Weatherspoon, the Bulldogs were also missing freshman Lamar Peters on Monday. That resulted in Eli Wright's first career start while walk-on guard Nick Singleton also received his most significant minutes of the year. Singleton finished with five points, his first points of the season.

Northwestern State: Monday's contest in Starkville continued the Demons' tough non-conference slate, particularly against the SEC. The Demons opened the season against Texas A&M and then faced Oklahoma. The Demons have also faced Missouri this season and have now lost all three outings against the SEC this season.

UP NEXT

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs continue their five-game homestand on Thursday against Oregon State. It will mark the Beavers' first time to play at Humphrey Coliseum.

Northwestern State: The Demons return home Thursday against LSU-Shreveport.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Aric Holman 1.0
  Iziahiah Sweeney missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
  Offensive rebound by Sabri Thompson 5.0
  Zeek Woodley missed 3-pt. jump shot 7.0
+ 1 I.J. Ready made 2nd of 2 free throws 13.0
  30-second timeout called 12.0
  I.J. Ready missed 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
  Personal foul on Tra'von Joseph 12.0
  Lost ball turnover on Devonte Hall 24.0
+ 2 Aric Holman made layup, assist by I.J. Ready 31.0
  Defensive rebound by Aric Holman 59.0
Team Stats
Points 59 65
Field Goals 21-54 (38.9%) 24-52 (46.2%)
3-Pointers 9-21 (42.9%) 2-15 (13.3%)
Free Throws 8-10 (80.0%) 15-20 (75.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 31
Offensive 11 9
Defensive 20 21
Team 2 1
Assists 8 9
Steals 5 11
Blocks 0 7
Turnovers 19 12
Fouls 18 13
Technicals 0 0
28 PTS, 6 REB
14 PTS, 3 REB, 6 AST
12T
away team logo Nwestern St. 2-4 283159
home team logo Miss. State 4-2 283765
Team Stats
away team logo Nwestern St. 2-4 66.2 PPG 38.5 RPG 11.0 APG
home team logo Miss. State 4-2 77.3 PPG 38.3 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
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Z. Woodley G PPG RPG APG FG%
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I. Ready G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
Z. Woodley G 28 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
I. Ready G 14 PTS 3 REB 6 AST
38.9 FG% 46.2
42.9 3PT FG% 13.3
80.0 FT% 75.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Woodley 28 6 0 10/19 5/9 3/3 1 35 0 0 0 3 3
T. Joseph 7 6 1 3/7 1/2 0/0 4 33 0 0 3 2 4
S. Thompson 6 5 1 2/5 2/5 0/0 3 31 0 0 3 1 4
D. Hall 6 4 5 2/7 0/0 2/2 4 32 3 0 3 0 4
I. Lane 6 3 0 2/6 0/0 2/3 2 26 0 0 3 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Z. Woodley 28 6 0 10/19 5/9 3/3 1 35 0 0 0 3 3
T. Joseph 7 6 1 3/7 1/2 0/0 4 33 0 0 3 2 4
S. Thompson 6 5 1 2/5 2/5 0/0 3 31 0 0 3 1 4
D. Hall 6 4 5 2/7 0/0 2/2 4 32 3 0 3 0 4
I. Lane 6 3 0 2/6 0/0 2/3 2 26 0 0 3 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Sweeney 3 3 1 1/3 0/2 1/2 0 12 1 0 2 2 1
R. Kissoonlal 3 2 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 0 2
M. Metoyer 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 3 1 0 1 0 0
J. Bell 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Boyd 0 2 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 12 0 0 3 2 0
T. Hamilton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 1 0 0
J. West - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Cambre - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Koontz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Walker - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Guest - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 31 8 21/54 9/21 8/10 18 200 5 0 19 11 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Ready 14 3 6 4/6 1/1 5/7 1 34 5 0 5 0 3
A. Holman 13 7 0 4/6 0/1 5/6 0 26 1 5 1 3 4
E. Wright 11 7 1 4/5 0/1 3/5 4 32 1 0 1 3 4
T. Carter 10 3 2 4/15 0/7 2/2 2 37 1 0 2 1 2
M. Kegler 8 2 0 4/12 0/3 0/0 2 30 1 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Ready 14 3 6 4/6 1/1 5/7 1 34 5 0 5 0 3
A. Holman 13 7 0 4/6 0/1 5/6 0 26 1 5 1 3 4
E. Wright 11 7 1 4/5 0/1 3/5 4 32 1 0 1 3 4
T. Carter 10 3 2 4/15 0/7 2/2 2 37 1 0 2 1 2
M. Kegler 8 2 0 4/12 0/3 0/0 2 30 1 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Singleton 5 1 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 1 13 1 0 0 0 1
E. Datcher 2 3 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 1 0 2 1
S. Herard 2 4 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 1 16 1 1 2 0 4
J. Strugg 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
X. Stapleton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Q. Weatherspoon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ado - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 30 9 24/52 2/15 15/20 13 200 11 7 12 9 21