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Mississippi State downs North Florida 109-81

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Aric Holman had 23 points to help Mississippi State pull away in the second half for a 109-81 win over North Florida on Saturday.

Holman was one of five Mississippi State players in double figures and the Bulldogs shot a season-best 62 percent from the field. The Bulldogs (12-1) also got 18 points from Quinndary Weatherspoon and Xavian Stapleton had 16 points, including 12 in the second half. Tyson Carter and Nick Weatherspoon each had 11 points for Mississippi State.

North Florida (5-11) was led by Trip Day's 17 points and JT Escobar chipped in 14 points, led by a 4 of 7 showing beyond the arc. Wajid Aminu and Ivan Ganida-Rosa also finished in double digits for the Ospreys with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

The 109 points were a season high for the Bulldogs and the most since Mississippi State posted 109 against Troy University in 1995. Mississippi State also had a season-high 24 assists and dominated the boards with a 46-21 advantage.

''We were just being patient,'' said Holman, who was 10 of 12 from the field. ''That is the key thing for us and Coach (Ben) Howland talks about it every day in practice, about being patient. We can all score the ball but being patient gives us all open looks.''

Both teams were efficient on the offensive end in the first half and neither team held a lead larger than five points. The Bulldogs shot 55.3 percent in that opening half while the Ospreys shot 46.9 percent, including a 7-of-14 showing on 3 pointers.

The first half featured 10 ties and three lead changes before Mississippi State settled into a 47-43 halftime advantage.

However, the Bulldogs opened the second half on a 32-9 run and shot a sizzling 69.7 percent over the final 20 minutes. Mississippi State led by as many as 28 in the second half and North Florida shot just 38 percent after the break.

''I am glad we got the win,'' said Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland. ''Obviously, the first half went back and forth and North Florida shot really well from 3. In the second half we did a better job defending the 3 point line and we shot better, too.''

For the game, North Florida made 12 of 29 from 3-point territory and had 14 turnovers. Mississippi State also outscored the Ospreys 58-28 in the paint and had a 19-6 advantage on second-chance points.

BIG PICTURE

North Florida: The Ospreys have now lost four straight after posting a season-long, four-game winning streak earlier this month. North Florida has one more non-conference game left in the regular season before starting Atlantic Sun Conference play next Saturday.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs' 12-1 start is the program's best since starting 12-1 in the 2011-12 campaign. The 2011-12 squad went to the NIT, which is the last postseason appearance for Mississippi State's program.

UP NEXT

North Florida concludes non-conference action on Tuesday and play host to Florida National.

Mississippi State opens the SEC schedule on Tuesday as the Bulldogs host Arkansas.

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Key Players
I. Gandia-Rosa
Q. Weatherspoon
29.2 Min. Per Game 29.2
14.5 Pts. Per Game 14.5
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
6.2 Reb. Per Game 6.2
48.3 Field Goal % 53.8
44.0 Three Point % 32.5
75.0 Free Throw % 77.1
+ 2 KeyShawn Feazell made dunk 30.0
  Defensive rebound by E.J. Datcher 35.0
  Emmanuel Lambright missed jump shot 37.0
+ 2 Nick Singleton made jump shot, assist by Drew Davis 46.0
  Offensive rebound by Mississippi State 1:01
  Drew Davis missed jump shot, blocked by Benedikt Haid 1:03
  Offensive rebound by Mitchell Storm 1:24
  KeyShawn Feazell missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:26
  Defensive rebound by E.J. Datcher 1:33
  Emmanuel Lambright missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:35
+ 1 KeyShawn Feazell made free throw 1:38
Team Stats
Points 81 109
Field Goals 27-63 (42.9%) 44-71 (62.0%)
3-Pointers 12-29 (41.4%) 7-18 (38.9%)
Free Throws 15-19 (78.9%) 14-20 (70.0%)
Total Rebounds 21 46
Offensive 5 14
Defensive 13 30
Team 3 2
Assists 12 24
Steals 4 7
Blocks 3 5
Turnovers 14 14
Fouls 13 21
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 4 REB
23 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo No. Florida 5-11 433881
home team logo Miss. State 12-1 4762109
Team Stats
away team logo No. Florida 5-11 80.8 PPG 38.7 RPG 14.8 APG
home team logo Miss. State 12-1 73.4 PPG 38.9 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
22
T. Day F 11.3 PPG 4.2 RPG 0.9 APG 58.5 FG%
35
A. Holman F 10.9 PPG 6.7 RPG 0.8 APG 57.3 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Day F 17 PTS 4 REB 0 AST
A. Holman F 23 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
42.9 FG% 62.0
41.4 3PT FG% 38.9
78.9 FT% 70.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Escobar 23 14 1 0 1 0 2 2 5/10 4/7 0/0 0 1
W. Aminu 29 13 3 1 0 1 0 1 4/10 0/2 5/6 0 3
I. Gandia-Rosa 30 12 1 7 0 0 5 0 3/9 3/7 3/4 0 1
R. Burkhardt 20 9 3 1 0 0 1 0 3/4 3/4 0/1 0 3
N. Horchler 26 4 3 1 0 1 1 3 2/8 0/3 0/0 2 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Escobar 23 14 1 0 1 0 2 2 5/10 4/7 0/0 0 1
W. Aminu 29 13 3 1 0 1 0 1 4/10 0/2 5/6 0 3
I. Gandia-Rosa 30 12 1 7 0 0 5 0 3/9 3/7 3/4 0 1
R. Burkhardt 20 9 3 1 0 0 1 0 3/4 3/4 0/1 0 3
N. Horchler 26 4 3 1 0 1 1 3 2/8 0/3 0/0 2 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Day 23 17 4 0 2 0 2 3 6/12 0/2 5/6 2 2
O. Blount 23 9 2 2 1 0 2 2 3/4 1/1 2/2 1 1
B. Coffey II 17 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 1/3 1/1 0/0 0 0
C. Driscoll 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
B. Haid 3 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1
E. Lambright 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 0
G. Sams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 81 18 12 4 3 14 13 27/63 12/29 15/19 5 13
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Holman 18 23 4 1 1 1 1 3 10/12 1/2 2/2 3 1
Q. Weatherspoon 27 18 6 6 1 1 1 3 7/10 2/3 2/2 1 5
T. Carter 24 11 3 1 0 0 1 0 4/6 1/2 2/2 1 2
N. Weatherspoon 27 11 6 4 1 0 3 0 3/5 0/1 5/6 1 5
A. Ado 27 5 9 0 1 2 3 3 2/3 0/0 1/6 2 7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Holman 18 23 4 1 1 1 1 3 10/12 1/2 2/2 3 1
Q. Weatherspoon 27 18 6 6 1 1 1 3 7/10 2/3 2/2 1 5
T. Carter 24 11 3 1 0 0 1 0 4/6 1/2 2/2 1 2
N. Weatherspoon 27 11 6 4 1 0 3 0 3/5 0/1 5/6 1 5
A. Ado 27 5 9 0 1 2 3 3 2/3 0/0 1/6 2 7
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
X. Stapleton 18 16 2 3 2 0 0 2 6/10 3/5 1/1 1 1
K. Feazell 7 9 3 0 0 0 0 2 4/7 0/1 1/1 1 2
E. Datcher 10 6 3 0 0 1 2 4 3/4 0/0 0/0 0 3
E. Wright 21 6 5 4 0 0 0 1 3/7 0/2 0/0 3 2
L. Peters 15 2 2 4 1 0 3 3 1/4 0/2 0/0 0 2
N. Singleton 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 0
D. Davis 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
M. Storm 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0
S. Herard - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clayton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 109 44 24 7 5 14 21 44/71 7/18 14/20 14 30