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Weatherspoon leads Mississippi St past Little Rock 64-48

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 21 points and surpassed 1,000 points to lead Mississippi State to a 64-48 win over Little Rock on Wednesday night.

Aric Holman added 10 points for Mississippi State (10-1) while Abdul Ado had a career-high 13 rebounds.

Little Rock (3-10) did not have any player in double figures and had 21 turnovers that were turned into 27 points. Damir Hadzic led the Trojans with 9 points.

''I thought Little Rock did some smart things in the first half and they tried to grind us down,'' Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. ''Little Rock had a lot of shots in the last 10 seconds of the shot clock and they had some changes with their defense. It bothered us some and their man defense bothered us some. But we did a better job in the second half of getting the ball in the post and going inside-out.''

Weatherspoon was 7 of 11 from the floor and was 6 of 6 at the free throw line. The junior guard became the 37th player in school history to reach the 1,000-point milestone.

''We came out flat in the first half and that's something we got to change,'' Weatherspoon said. ''Once we get to halftime then we see what it takes and we get our mind right. We come out and play hard in the second half. If we could just play in the first half like we do in the second half then it could be even better.''

The first half was back-and-forth with seven lead changes and the biggest lead for either team was six points. Mississippi State went without a field goal for the last 8:27 of the first half but managed to hold a 26-23 advantage at halftime.

The Bulldogs shot just 24 percent in the first half while the Trojans shot 35.7 percent from the field. Mississippi State did make 11 free throws in the first half and Little Rock failed to convert a free throw in the opening 20 minutes.

Mississippi State scored the first six points of the second half and a 10-0 run, which featured dunks by Ado, Holman and Weatherspoon, broke the game open, making it 50-31 with 11:03 to play.

''Q (Weatherspoon) did a really good job today,'' said Howland. ''He was cramping up, though, and I played him a lot of minutes in the first half. But he kept pacing us in the second half and scored four points right away in the second half. That got us in a rhythm and got us going.''

The Bulldogs shot 52 percent in the second half (16 for 31) after a 24 percent (6 of 25) first half. Little Rock shot 37 percent for the game and made just 4 of 10 free throws. The Trojans also struggled from distance, making 4 of 20.

Mississippi State held a 40-35 advantage on the backboards and outscored the Trojans 27-10 off turnovers.

BIG PICTURE

Little Rock: The Trojans lost five of their last six games and have not recorded a win over a Division 1 foe since Nov. 29th.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs now have the program's best start since the 2011-12 season.

UP NEXT

Little Rock is off until Dec. 29, a home game against Louisiana.

Mississippi State travels to Jackson on Saturday to face in-state foe Southern Miss.

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Key Players
O. Black
Q. Weatherspoon
29.5 Min. Per Game 29.5
13.9 Pts. Per Game 13.9
4.7 Ast. Per Game 4.7
6.0 Reb. Per Game 6.0
47.4 Field Goal % 52.3
0.0 Three Point % 29.7
52.6 Free Throw % 76.1
  Defensive rebound by E.J. Datcher 15.0
  Anthony Black missed 3-pt. jump shot 17.0
  Defensive rebound by Kris Bankston 21.0
  Nick Singleton missed free throw 21.0
  Personal foul on Anthony Black 27.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Kris Bankston 27.0
  Bad pass turnover on KeyShawn Feazell, stolen by Ben Marcus 29.0
+ 2 Ben Marcus made layup 30.0
  Offensive rebound by Ben Marcus 33.0
  Anthony Black missed 3-pt. jump shot 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Brandon Brady 44.0
Team Stats
Points 48 64
Field Goals 20-54 (37.0%) 22-56 (39.3%)
3-Pointers 4-20 (20.0%) 5-25 (20.0%)
Free Throws 4-10 (40.0%) 15-27 (55.6%)
Total Rebounds 35 40
Offensive 11 17
Defensive 18 23
Team 6 0
Assists 7 11
Steals 5 11
Blocks 0 7
Turnovers 21 12
Fouls 21 16
Technicals 0 0
9 PTS, 2 REB
21 PTS, 8 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo Little Rock 3-10 232548
home team logo Miss. State 10-1 263864
Team Stats
away team logo Little Rock 3-10 74.2 PPG 36.9 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo Miss. State 10-1 77.3 PPG 38.3 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
14
D. Hadzic F 1.8 PPG 0.9 RPG 0.1 APG 43.8 FG%
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Q. Weatherspoon G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Hadzic F 9 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
Q. Weatherspoon G 21 PTS 8 REB 3 AST
37.0 FG% 39.3
20.0 3PT FG% 20.0
40.0 FT% 55.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hadzic 9 2 0 4/7 1/4 0/0 4 20 0 0 2 1 1
A. Black 7 3 1 3/10 1/7 0/1 4 30 1 0 0 0 3
O. Black 6 5 2 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 30 0 0 5 2 3
J. Lottie 4 5 1 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 29 1 0 6 3 2
A. Jones 2 4 2 1/8 0/1 0/0 1 25 0 0 2 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Hadzic 9 2 0 4/7 1/4 0/0 4 20 0 0 2 1 1
A. Black 7 3 1 3/10 1/7 0/1 4 30 1 0 0 0 3
O. Black 6 5 2 3/5 0/0 0/0 2 30 0 0 5 2 3
J. Lottie 4 5 1 1/4 0/1 2/2 1 29 1 0 6 3 2
A. Jones 2 4 2 1/8 0/1 0/0 1 25 0 0 2 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Pippins 7 1 0 3/8 1/3 0/1 4 21 0 0 0 0 1
B. Marcus 6 4 1 3/3 0/0 0/2 3 13 2 0 1 3 1
B. Brady 4 2 0 1/3 0/2 2/2 0 5 0 0 0 0 2
C. Corcoran 3 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 7 1 0 1 0 0
W. Mompremier 0 0 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 2 14 0 0 3 0 0
C. Carson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Bankston 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/2 0 3 0 0 1 1 2
K. Gilmore 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
K. Harley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Burns - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Reedus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 48 29 7 20/54 4/20 4/10 21 200 5 0 21 11 18
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 21 8 3 7/11 1/3 6/6 1 26 2 1 2 3 5
A. Holman 10 5 1 3/8 0/2 4/8 1 20 1 2 2 3 2
N. Weatherspoon 8 4 1 3/9 2/5 0/0 2 23 1 0 1 1 3
T. Carter 7 0 1 3/7 1/4 0/0 0 24 0 0 1 0 0
A. Ado 6 13 1 2/3 0/0 2/4 2 28 2 3 0 6 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 21 8 3 7/11 1/3 6/6 1 26 2 1 2 3 5
A. Holman 10 5 1 3/8 0/2 4/8 1 20 1 2 2 3 2
N. Weatherspoon 8 4 1 3/9 2/5 0/0 2 23 1 0 1 1 3
T. Carter 7 0 1 3/7 1/4 0/0 0 24 0 0 1 0 0
A. Ado 6 13 1 2/3 0/0 2/4 2 28 2 3 0 6 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Wright 7 3 0 2/5 1/3 2/5 0 19 1 0 1 1 2
X. Stapleton 3 2 0 1/5 0/3 1/1 2 21 2 0 1 1 1
K. Feazell 2 1 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 10 0 1 1 1 0
E. Datcher 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 2 0 0 1 0 1
S. Herard 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 2 1 0 0 1 0 0
L. Peters 0 3 4 0/4 0/4 0/2 2 24 2 0 1 1 2
N. Singleton 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Storm 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Davis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clayton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 40 11 22/56 5/25 15/27 16 200 11 7 12 17 23