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No. 18 Mississippi St cruises past Austin Peay 95-67

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Mississippi State has added a lot of talent around Quinndary Weatherspoon during his four seasons on the roster, so the Bulldogs don't need him to be the star every single night.

But in the first game of his senior year, the 6-foot-4 guard proved he's still more than capable of being the No. 1 option.

Weatherspoon scored 21 points, younger brother Nick Weatherspoon added 19 and No. 18 Mississippi State beat Austin Peay 95-67 in the Bulldogs' season opener Friday night.

The older Weatherspoon was good the entire night, but especially during a stretch late in the first half when he scored seven straight points to push the Bulldogs to a 50-34 halftime lead.

''Honestly, I'm just trying to do everything I can to help my team get going, get a lead and play comfortable,'' he said.

Quinndary Weatherspoon shot 10 of 15 from the field and grabbed five rebounds. He's been the Bulldogs' best all-around player the past three years and has 1,404 career points, which ranks 16th in school history.

Tyson Carter scored 12 points and Abdul Ado added 11. Aric Holman had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Mississippi State shot nearly 58 percent from the field despite going 7 of 25 (28 percent) from 3-point range.

''Putting up 95 points and only shooting 25, 28 percent from 3 shows that we can score the ball more than one way,'' Quinndary Weatherspoon said.

Austin Peay was competitive for most of the night and pulled to 60-50 after a 3-pointer with 13:59 left. But the Bulldogs responded with an 11-3 run to put the game away.

Mississippi State (1-0) never trailed, jumping out to a 22-13 lead after nine minutes. The Bulldogs pulled ahead 50-34 by halftime thanks to 56 percent shooting from the field. Quinndary Weatherspoon led all scorers with 13 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting.

''I thought our guard play was really good tonight,'' Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said.

Austin Peay (1-1) was led by Steve Harris, who had 17 points. Terry Taylor added 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Governors shot just 39 percent from the field and made only three 3-pointers.

''A loss is a loss and the score looks bad, but I thought for 30 minutes we fought,'' coach Matt Figger said.

BIG PICTURE

Austin Peay: The Governors lost their sixth straight game against a Southeastern Conference foe, but didn't have a bad effort. Austin Peay and Figger, the program's second-year coach, are trying to improve on last season's 19-15 record, including a 12-6 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Mississippi State: It was a good opening game for the Bulldogs, who were in command the entire night. Two of the team's prized freshman, Reggie Perry and Robert Woodard II, had solid debuts. Woodard had eight points and five rebounds. Perry added five points.

CARTER'S IMPROVEMENT

Howland was pleased with just about everyone on the roster, but saved special praise for junior Tyson Carter, who came off the bench to score 12 points in 23 minutes.

The 6-foot-4 Carter has developed the reputation of a shooter, but scored almost all his points against Austin Peay on drives to the basket.

''It shows real growth in his game,'' Howland said. ''It shows the other things he's capable of doing.''

UP NEXT

Austin Peay travels to South Florida on Monday.

Mississippi State hosts Hartford on Sunday.

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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 E.J. Datcher 17.0
  Jarrett Givens missed 3-pt. jump shot 19.0
+ 2 Tyson Carter made layup 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Tyson Carter 1:00
  Zach Glotta missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:02
  Defensive rebound by Jarrett Givens 1:09
  Reggie Perry missed layup, blocked by Matheus Silveira 1:11
  Lost ball turnover on Steve Harris, stolen by Tyson Carter 1:20
  Turnover on KeyShawn Feazell 1:39
  Offensive foul on KeyShawn Feazell 1:39
  Defensive rebound by E.J. Datcher 1:56
Team Stats
Points 67 95
Field Goals 23-59 (39.0%) 37-64 (57.8%)
3-Pointers 3-14 (21.4%) 7-25 (28.0%)
Free Throws 18-26 (69.2%) 14-18 (77.8%)
Total Rebounds 34 35
Offensive 14 6
Defensive 20 26
Team 0 3
Assists 5 16
Steals 1 9
Blocks 4 6
Turnovers 18 12
Fouls 20 25
Technicals 1 1
17 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
21 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Austin Peay 1-1 343367
home team logo 18 Miss. State 1-0 504595
Team Stats
away team logo Austin Peay 1-1 83.7 PPG 42 RPG 14.7 APG
home team logo 18 Miss. State 1-0 86.0 PPG 38 RPG 15.0 APG
Key Players
23
S. Harris G 9.3 PPG 2.3 RPG 3.0 APG 43.5 FG%
11
Q. Weatherspoon G 21.5 PPG 4.5 RPG 1.5 APG 60.0 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Harris G 17 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
Q. Weatherspoon G 21 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
39.0 FG% 57.8
21.4 3PT FG% 28.0
69.2 FT% 77.8
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Taylor 33 15 10 1 0 1 3 2 6/15 1/4 2/4 6 4
D. Gumm 24 14 1 0 1 1 1 1 5/8 1/3 3/4 0 1
C. Porter-Bunton 31 11 3 1 0 0 4 2 3/6 1/2 4/4 0 3
A. Butler 19 6 3 1 0 0 3 4 1/4 0/1 4/6 1 2
J. McGhee 22 4 11 0 0 1 1 3 2/8 0/0 0/2 5 6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Taylor 33 15 10 1 0 1 3 2 6/15 1/4 2/4 6 4
D. Gumm 24 14 1 0 1 1 1 1 5/8 1/3 3/4 0 1
C. Porter-Bunton 31 11 3 1 0 0 4 2 3/6 1/2 4/4 0 3
A. Butler 19 6 3 1 0 0 3 4 1/4 0/1 4/6 1 2
J. McGhee 22 4 11 0 0 1 1 3 2/8 0/0 0/2 5 6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Harris 27 17 4 2 0 0 2 2 6/11 0/1 5/6 1 3
Z. Glotta 8 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0
I. Cucak 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
R. Henderson 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
J. Givens 11 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 1 1
M. Silveira 13 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
I. Hart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Abaev - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Garrison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 67 34 5 1 4 18 20 23/59 3/14 18/26 14 20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 27 21 5 1 2 0 2 1 10/15 0/2 1/1 2 3
N. Weatherspoon 32 19 1 4 0 0 0 2 6/10 3/6 4/5 0 1
A. Ado 15 11 4 0 0 3 1 3 4/5 0/0 3/3 1 3
A. Holman 26 10 10 2 1 3 2 3 3/6 1/3 3/3 1 9
L. Peters 23 6 1 7 0 0 1 5 2/7 1/6 1/2 1 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 27 21 5 1 2 0 2 1 10/15 0/2 1/1 2 3
N. Weatherspoon 32 19 1 4 0 0 0 2 6/10 3/6 4/5 0 1
A. Ado 15 11 4 0 0 3 1 3 4/5 0/0 3/3 1 3
A. Holman 26 10 10 2 1 3 2 3 3/6 1/3 3/3 1 9
L. Peters 23 6 1 7 0 0 1 5 2/7 1/6 1/2 1 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Carter 23 12 1 1 4 0 1 2 6/12 0/4 0/0 0 1
R. Woodard 22 8 5 1 1 0 0 2 3/5 1/3 1/2 1 4
R. Perry 18 5 1 0 1 0 3 3 2/3 0/0 1/2 0 1
K. Feazell 12 3 2 0 0 0 2 4 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 2
E. Datcher 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2
J. Tshisumpa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clayton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Storm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Oduro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Junkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 95 32 16 9 6 12 25 37/64 7/25 14/18 6 26