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No. 18 Mississippi State beats Hartford 77-59

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Quinndary Weatherspoon continued his hot start to the season, scoring a season-high 22 points to lead No. 18 Mississippi State to a 77-59 victory over Hartford on Sunday.

Tyson Carter added 14 points for Mississippi State (2-0), and Aric Holman had 12 points and eight rebounds. Nick Weatherspoon had 10 points.

Jason Dunne led Hartford (0-3) with 17 points, and John Carroll added 16.

''I am glad we got the win,'' Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. ''Hartford won 19 games a year ago and they are well coached. Dunne shot it well for them and we had a chance to break it open a couple of times but couldn't quite do it. They are tough to defend and it was a good test for us.

''Tyson gave us good minutes again, knocking down his shots. Q (Weatherspoon) had another good game and we did a good job on the glass with Holman and Abdul (Ado).''

The Bulldogs shot 45.5 percent from the field and made 9 of 24 on 3 pointers, led by Carter's 4 of 7 showing beyond the arc. Mississippi State had 12 turnovers and collected 15 steals, including six by Weatherspoon.

Weatherspoon poured in the 22 points two nights after scoring 21 in a season-opening win against Austin Peay.

Mississippi State also held a 36-28 rebounding advantage against Hartford with center Abdul Ado collecting a game-high 10 rebounds.

''We have guys that can handle the ball and shoot it well,'' Carter said. ''We know we can put guys in good position to score and I felt pretty good tonight. Last year we did not shoot well and we took some bad shots. So we have to watch the shots we take and make sure they are good shots.''

Hartford shot 44.9 percent for the game and made just 6 of 20 beyond the arc. The Hawks were 9 of 11 at the free throw line and had 21 turnovers. Mississippi State scored 21 points off those Hartford turnovers and outscored the Hawks 20-4 on second-chance points.

The Bulldogs got off to a slow offensive start and missed eight of their first 10 shots. But Weatherspoon sparked the offense midway through the first half, scoring six points in the midst of a 14-3 run. The Bulldogs led by as many as 17 in the first half before settling for a 43-29 halftime advantage.

The Bulldogs made 6 of 13 beyond the arc in the first half and held a 20-11 advantage on the backboards. Hartford shot 45 percent in the first half and had 12 turnovers.

BIG PICTURE

Hartford: The Hawks are coming off the program's most successful season after collecting a program-high 19 wins, but the Hawks have lost their first three after losing to Mississippi State, Utah State and Central Connecticut. In the preseason Hartford was predicted to finish second in the America East Conference.

Mississippi State: The Bulldogs have handled their first two games with ease, winning by an average of 23 points over Austin Peay and Hartford. Mississippi State has been efficient on offense and continues to get contributions from several people.

UP NEXT

Hartford remains on the road and will travel to Quinnipiac on Thursday.

Mississippi State returns to action on Friday and will host Long Beach State.

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Key Players
T. Weatherington
22 G
N. Weatherspoon
0 G
32.0 Min. Per Game 32.0
19.0 Pts. Per Game 19.0
4.0 Ast. Per Game 4.0
1.0 Reb. Per Game 1.0
41.7 Field Goal % 61.1
25.0 Three Point % 42.9
50.0 Free Throw % 80.0
+ 2 George Blagojevic made layup 12.0
+ 2 Quinndary Weatherspoon made layup, assist by Aric Holman 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Aric Holman 25.0
  Travis Weatherington missed 3-pt. jump shot 27.0
  Defensive rebound by Travis Weatherington 34.0
  Lamar Peters missed 3-pt. jump shot 36.0
  Bad pass turnover on Jason Dunne, stolen by Quinndary Weatherspoon 1:00
+ 3 Lamar Peters made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Aric Holman 1:16
  Personal foul on Jason Dunne 1:41
  Offensive rebound by Abdul Ado 1:41
  Aric Holman missed jump shot 1:43
Team Stats
Points 59 77
Field Goals 22-49 (44.9%) 30-66 (45.5%)
3-Pointers 6-20 (30.0%) 9-24 (37.5%)
Free Throws 9-11 (81.8%) 8-9 (88.9%)
Total Rebounds 28 36
Offensive 8 15
Defensive 19 19
Team 1 2
Assists 13 14
Steals 5 15
Blocks 1 4
Turnovers 21 12
Fouls 10 16
Technicals 0 0
17 PTS, 9 REB, 4 AST
22 PTS, 4 REB, 2 AST
12T
away team logo Hartford 0-3 293059
home team logo 18 Miss. State 2-0 433477
Team Stats
away team logo Hartford 0-3 75.1 PPG 35.1 RPG 14.0 APG
home team logo 18 Miss. State 2-0 77.3 PPG 38.3 RPG 14.3 APG
Key Players
12
J. Dunne G 12.9 PPG 3.0 RPG 3.5 APG 36.7 FG%
11
Q. Weatherspoon G 18.5 PPG 4.7 RPG 2.8 APG 50.8 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Dunne G 17 PTS 9 REB 4 AST
Q. Weatherspoon G 22 PTS 4 REB 2 AST
44.9 FG% 45.5
30.0 3PT FG% 37.5
81.8 FT% 88.9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Dunne 17 9 4 6/11 3/5 2/2 1 40 1 0 7 2 7
J. Carroll 16 3 4 6/15 1/5 3/3 1 40 0 1 5 1 2
J. Lynch 9 5 2 3/9 0/4 3/4 2 39 2 0 2 1 4
G. Blagojevic 6 8 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 3 34 1 0 5 4 4
T. Weatherington 6 1 1 2/4 1/3 1/2 1 30 0 0 1 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Dunne 17 9 4 6/11 3/5 2/2 1 40 1 0 7 2 7
J. Carroll 16 3 4 6/15 1/5 3/3 1 40 0 1 5 1 2
J. Lynch 9 5 2 3/9 0/4 3/4 2 39 2 0 2 1 4
G. Blagojevic 6 8 1 3/6 0/0 0/0 3 34 1 0 5 4 4
T. Weatherington 6 1 1 2/4 1/3 1/2 1 30 0 0 1 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. Davis III 5 1 1 2/4 1/3 0/0 2 17 1 0 1 0 1
M. Twyman - - - - - - - - - - - - -
N. Colovic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Stepanyants - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bowditch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Marks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Hobbs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Mitchell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Boxus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dunne - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Kinnel - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 59 27 13 22/49 6/20 9/11 10 200 5 1 21 8 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 22 4 2 8/15 1/3 5/6 3 32 6 1 2 4 0
A. Holman 12 8 3 4/9 2/3 2/2 0 30 1 2 1 3 5
N. Weatherspoon 10 1 3 5/8 0/1 0/0 2 29 2 0 0 0 1
L. Peters 8 1 4 3/10 2/7 0/0 3 25 2 0 3 0 1
A. Ado 2 10 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 28 2 0 1 5 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Q. Weatherspoon 22 4 2 8/15 1/3 5/6 3 32 6 1 2 4 0
A. Holman 12 8 3 4/9 2/3 2/2 0 30 1 2 1 3 5
N. Weatherspoon 10 1 3 5/8 0/1 0/0 2 29 2 0 0 0 1
L. Peters 8 1 4 3/10 2/7 0/0 3 25 2 0 3 0 1
A. Ado 2 10 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 3 28 2 0 1 5 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
T. Carter 14 1 0 5/11 4/7 0/0 1 23 2 0 1 0 1
R. Perry 7 4 0 3/7 0/2 1/1 3 15 0 1 3 1 3
R. Woodard 2 2 1 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 13 0 0 1 1 1
K. Feazell 0 3 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 1 2
J. Tshisumpa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Datcher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Clayton - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Gray - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Storm - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Oduro - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Junkin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Stewart - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 34 14 30/66 9/24 8/9 16 200 15 4 12 15 19