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Weatherspoon scores career-high 27 in Mississippi State win

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Quinndary Weatherspoon had a career-high 27 points to lead Mississippi State to an 85-76 victory over Morehead State Thursday at Humphrey Coliseum.

Weatherspoon had 15 points in the second half as the Bulldogs (8-3) overcame a 10-point halftime deficit. Weatherspoon also set a career-high with 10 made field goals on 17 attempts from the floor.

I.J. Ready had 19 points for Mississippi State and Aric Holman added 12.

''We just had to come out and play defense in the second half,'' said Weatherspoon. ''We didn't play defense in the second half. Coach (Ben) Howland wanted our defense to lead to our offense in the second half. I think our defense is what got us going. We needed some 3s but the defense definitely got us going. When we took the lead it got our confidence back and it made us go harder on defense.''

Xavier Moon led Morehead State with 22 points while Lamontray Harris had 20 points and Jordan Walker 10 for the Eagles.

The Bulldogs shot 62.1 percent in the 2nd half and had just five turnovers om the night. Morehead State shot 50 percent for the game but had 16 turnovers that led to 24 points for the Bulldogs.

''I was very pleased we were able to fight back after being down 10,'' Howland said. ''We came out flat but Morehead State had a lot to do with that. They won 23 games last year and have been through a tough ordeal this year with the coaching change. Their offense is really difficult to guard and they will win a lot of games in their league.''

The first half featured six ties and three lead changes in the first six minutes. But Morehead State used a 13-4 run midway through the first half to grab control. The Eagles (3-9) shot 57 percent in the first half, including a 5-of-10 showing on 3 pointers, and held a 41-31 halftime advantage.

Meanwhile, Mississippi State shot just 44 percent in the first half and made just 1 of 8 beyond the arc.

''We struggled offensively in the first half, not being able to attack their switching man-to-man (defense),'' said Howland. ''That was the first time we've seen that this year and it was new to us. It really stifled us. But we will come back and work on that really hard.

''But in the second half (Xavian) Stapleton gave us great energy in the second half with his defense. Then Q (Weatherspoon) and I.J. were great, offensively, in the second half for us.''

BIG PICTURE

Morehead State: Morehead State is now 1-7 under the direction interim head coach Preston Spradlin. Former Morehead State head coach Sean Woods began the season but was suspended on Nov. 22 after an altercation with a player. Woods resigned earlier this week.

Mississippi State: Since Weatherspoon made his return to the lineup, the Bulldogs have won four of the last five games.

UP NEXT

Morehead State: The Eagles return home and host Asbury on Wednesday.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs close out the nonconference portion of the schedule Thursday, hosting Missouri-Kansas City.

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Key Players
X. Moon
I. Ready
30.3 Min. Per Game 30.3
10.3 Pts. Per Game 10.3
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
3.0 Reb. Per Game 3.0
43.2 Field Goal % 46.9
34.7 Three Point % 28.0
100.0 Free Throw % 79.3
  Defensive rebound by Aric Holman 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Aric Holman 14.0
  Miguel Dicent missed driving layup, blocked by Aric Holman 16.0
+ 1 I.J. Ready made 2nd of 2 free throws 22.0
+ 1 I.J. Ready made 1st of 2 free throws 22.0
  Personal foul on Miguel Dicent 22.0
+ 1 Jordan Walker made 2nd of 2 free throws 23.0
+ 1 Jordan Walker made 1st of 2 free throws 23.0
  Personal foul on Quinndary Weatherspoon 23.0
+ 1 I.J. Ready made 2nd of 2 free throws 27.0
+ 1 I.J. Ready made 1st of 2 free throws 27.0
Team Stats
Points 76 85
Field Goals 28-56 (50.0%) 31-58 (53.4%)
3-Pointers 9-19 (47.4%) 5-20 (25.0%)
Free Throws 11-13 (84.6%) 18-29 (62.1%)
Total Rebounds 32 30
Offensive 10 9
Defensive 19 19
Team 3 2
Assists 10 10
Steals 4 5
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 15 5
Fouls 22 13
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 3 REB, 5 AST
27 PTS, 5 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Morehead St. 3-9 413576
home team logo Miss. State 8-3 315485
Team Stats
away team logo Morehead St. 3-9 73.7 PPG 38.7 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo Miss. State 8-3 77.3 PPG 38.3 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
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X. Moon G PPG RPG APG FG%
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Q. Weatherspoon G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
X. Moon G 22 PTS 3 REB 5 AST
Q. Weatherspoon G 27 PTS 5 REB 3 AST
50.0 FG% 53.4
47.4 3PT FG% 25.0
84.6 FT% 62.1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Moon 22 3 5 9/14 2/6 2/2 4 38 3 1 3 0 3
D. Marrero 6 3 0 2/10 0/0 2/2 2 24 1 0 5 1 2
M. Dicent 6 5 4 2/7 2/5 0/0 3 37 0 0 2 1 4
T. Williams 6 2 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 1 1
R. Beamon 3 4 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 25 0 0 0 2 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Moon 22 3 5 9/14 2/6 2/2 4 38 3 1 3 0 3
D. Marrero 6 3 0 2/10 0/0 2/2 2 24 1 0 5 1 2
M. Dicent 6 5 4 2/7 2/5 0/0 3 37 0 0 2 1 4
T. Williams 6 2 1 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 20 0 0 0 1 1
R. Beamon 3 4 0 1/2 1/2 0/0 1 25 0 0 0 2 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Harris 20 7 0 7/11 2/2 4/5 3 29 0 1 4 3 4
J. Walker 10 3 0 3/7 2/4 2/2 4 19 0 0 0 1 2
T. Bitting 3 2 0 1/1 0/0 1/2 3 7 0 0 1 1 1
D. Henson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Alexander - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Maitland - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Noble - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Chatman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Diakite - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Winston - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 29 10 28/56 9/19 11/13 22 200 4 2 15 10 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 27 5 3 10/17 1/3 6/8 2 36 2 0 1 1 4
I. Ready 19 2 3 6/10 1/3 6/6 1 33 0 0 0 0 2
A. Holman 12 6 2 5/7 0/1 2/4 2 27 0 3 2 3 3
T. Carter 7 3 1 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 24 1 0 2 1 2
X. Stapleton 5 3 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 2 15 2 1 0 1 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 27 5 3 10/17 1/3 6/8 2 36 2 0 1 1 4
I. Ready 19 2 3 6/10 1/3 6/6 1 33 0 0 0 0 2
A. Holman 12 6 2 5/7 0/1 2/4 2 27 0 3 2 3 3
T. Carter 7 3 1 2/4 1/2 2/2 1 24 1 0 2 1 2
X. Stapleton 5 3 0 2/4 1/2 0/0 2 15 2 1 0 1 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Kegler 7 7 1 3/8 0/4 1/5 0 26 0 0 0 3 4
S. Herard 5 1 0 2/2 0/0 1/4 2 10 0 0 0 0 1
L. Peters 3 1 0 1/4 1/4 0/0 2 24 0 0 0 0 1
E. Datcher 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
E. Wright 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. Strugg - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Ado - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Singleton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Washington - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 85 28 10 31/58 5/20 18/29 13 200 5 4 5 9 19