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Carter's 35 points help Mississippi St. beat N. Dakota St.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Tyson Carter scored a career-high 35 points as Mississippi State remained unbeaten and defeated North Dakota State 83-59 on Thursday night.

Carter, who was 12 of 17 from the field and made 6 of 10 shots beyond the arc, had the most points by a Mississippi State player since Darryl Wilson scored 35 in 1995.

''I've just been in the gym and kept working on my shot so I could keep it consistent,'' said Carter. ''I was feeling it tonight but I didn't realize how many I had and I didn't notice. Lately, my shots have been going in early. When my first shot went in, I knew I was in for a big night.''

The Bulldogs (6-0) shot 52 percent (31 of 60) from the field, including 10 of 23 from 3-point range.

Aric Holman and Nick Weatherspoon each scored 12 points for Mississippi State while Holman added nine rebounds. Quinndary Weatherspoon finished with nine points and a career-best 10 assists for the Bulldogs.

North Dakota State (3-4) was led by Paul Miller's 19 points and AJ Jacobson added 15.

''That was a very good win for us tonight against a team that will win a lot of games this year,'' said Mississippi State coach Ben Howland. ''I was very concerned going into it in terms of preparation because North Dakota State is so patient on offense. But our defense has been tremendous these last three or four games. That's why we're winning games and our guys are doing a good job of focusing and taking away a team's strength.

''And obviously, Tyson Carter really loosened things up for us. I was proud of our team for finding him. They knew he had it going and they were finding him.''

Mississippi State opened the second half on a 13-0 run and led by as many as 27 points in the second half. The Bulldogs shot 65.5 percent from the field after the break.

Carter scored 16 points in the first half for Mississippi State, which built a 29-14 lead before the Bison closed the half on a 10-0 run and trailed just 29-24 at the break.

In that first half, North Dakota State shot just 33.3 percent and the Bulldogs were not much better at 38.7 percent.

BIG PICTURE

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs are off to their best start since winning 13 in a row to open the 2003-04 season.

North Dakota State: Last week the Bison averaged 87 points in wins over Florida A&M and Stetson. But the past two games - both losses - have not been a pretty picture on the offensive end. On Tuesday North Dakota State scored just 50 points in a loss at Stephen F. Austin and followed that with a 59-point showing against Mississippi State on Thursday.

UP NEXT

Mississippi State continues its eight-game home stand to open the season and will host Dayton on Sunday.

North Dakota State returns home on Monday and will host Missouri State.

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Key Players
P. Miller
N. Weatherspoon
28.3 Min. Per Game 28.3
11.0 Pts. Per Game 11.0
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
4.3 Reb. Per Game 4.3
36.1 Field Goal % 47.1
29.7 Three Point % 40.0
81.0 Free Throw % 75.0
  Shot clock violation turnover on Mississippi State 2.0
+ 3 Cameron Hunter made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Nnamdi Van Dulm 33.0
+ 2 Nick Singleton made jump shot 41.0
+ 2 Spencer Eliason made layup 51.0
  Offensive rebound by Spencer Eliason 57.0
  Cameron Hunter missed jump shot 59.0
+ 2 Drew Davis made jump shot 1:18
  Defensive rebound by KeyShawn Feazell 1:36
  Chris Quayle missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:38
  Offensive rebound by Deng Geu 1:48
  Nnamdi Van Dulm missed free throw 1:48
Team Stats
Points 59 83
Field Goals 22-57 (38.6%) 31-60 (51.7%)
3-Pointers 10-35 (28.6%) 10-23 (43.5%)
Free Throws 5-8 (62.5%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 28 41
Offensive 7 10
Defensive 20 28
Team 1 3
Assists 13 15
Steals 3 8
Blocks 0 1
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 14 13
Technicals 0 0
19 PTS, 5 REB, 4 AST
35 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo No. Dak. St. 3-4 243559
home team logo Miss. State 6-0 295483
Team Stats
away team logo No. Dak. St. 3-4 73.0 PPG 33.4 RPG 11.5 APG
home team logo Miss. State 6-0 77.3 PPG 38.3 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
00
P. Miller G PPG RPG APG FG%
23
T. Carter G 10.4 PPG 2.0 RPG 1.6 APG 44.7 FG%
Top Scorers
P. Miller G 19 PTS 5 REB 4 AST
T. Carter G 35 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
38.6 FG% 51.7
28.6 3PT FG% 43.5
62.5 FT% 64.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Miller 19 5 4 9/18 1/8 0/0 2 35 0 0 1 0 5
A. Jacobson 15 4 0 4/6 4/5 3/3 2 24 1 0 1 0 4
T. Ward 4 3 1 2/10 0/4 0/0 1 21 1 0 3 0 3
J. Samuelson 3 0 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 1 22 0 0 0 0 0
S. Eliason 2 6 1 1/2 0/0 0/2 1 20 0 0 1 3 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
P. Miller 19 5 4 9/18 1/8 0/0 2 35 0 0 1 0 5
A. Jacobson 15 4 0 4/6 4/5 3/3 2 24 1 0 1 0 4
T. Ward 4 3 1 2/10 0/4 0/0 1 21 1 0 3 0 3
J. Samuelson 3 0 1 1/4 1/4 0/0 1 22 0 0 0 0 0
S. Eliason 2 6 1 1/2 0/0 0/2 1 20 0 0 1 3 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Hunter 9 2 3 3/8 3/7 0/0 3 27 1 0 0 0 2
D. Geu 4 3 1 1/3 0/1 2/2 1 14 0 0 1 3 0
C. Quayle 3 4 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 17 0 0 3 1 3
R. Kreuser 0 0 1 0/3 0/3 0/0 3 18 0 0 4 0 0
N. Van Dulm 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
D. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Eady - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Meidinger - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mertens - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 27 13 22/57 10/35 5/8 14 200 3 0 14 7 20
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Carter 35 6 1 12/17 6/10 5/5 1 32 2 0 1 0 6
A. Holman 12 9 0 4/7 2/3 2/4 2 23 0 0 1 6 3
N. Weatherspoon 12 4 2 5/9 1/3 1/1 0 31 1 0 2 0 4
Q. Weatherspoon 9 4 10 4/9 1/3 0/2 1 26 0 0 0 1 3
A. Ado 5 4 0 2/2 0/0 1/1 5 14 2 0 4 0 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Carter 35 6 1 12/17 6/10 5/5 1 32 2 0 1 0 6
A. Holman 12 9 0 4/7 2/3 2/4 2 23 0 0 1 6 3
N. Weatherspoon 12 4 2 5/9 1/3 1/1 0 31 1 0 2 0 4
Q. Weatherspoon 9 4 10 4/9 1/3 0/2 1 26 0 0 0 1 3
A. Ado 5 4 0 2/2 0/0 1/1 5 14 2 0 4 0 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Stapleton 4 3 0 2/6 0/1 0/0 2 20 3 1 1 1 2
D. Davis 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Herard 2 3 0 0/2 0/0 2/2 0 12 0 0 2 2 1
N. Singleton 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
E. Wright 0 2 2 0/5 0/3 0/0 1 25 0 0 0 0 2
K. Feazell 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/2 1 12 0 0 0 0 3
M. Storm 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
E. Datcher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Peters - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clayton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 83 38 15 31/60 10/23 11/17 13 200 8 1 11 10 28