Jackson State vs Mississippi State

Mississippi State survives Jackson State 58-56

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Craig Sword scored a team-high 12 points and Mississippi State survived a scare from Jackson State Wednesday at Humphrey Coliseum but held on for a 58-56 victory.

Sword had six of his 12 points in the final four minutes. MSU (4-1) also received 11 points each from Fred Thomas and Roquez Johnson.

The Bulldogs missed 11 of their first 13 shots and Jackson State claimed a quick 7-0 lead in the opening minutes. MSU's shooting didn't improve much the rest of the half as the Tigers held a 28-23 halftime advantage.

MSU shot just 28 percent in the first half and Jackson State wasn't much better at 37 percent.

The Tigers did control the boards for much of the first half and grabbed the first nine rebounds of the game. MSU also had 10 first-half turnovers.

The Bulldogs did end up out-rebounding the Tigers 33-32 but had 19 turnovers for the game and just 20 made field goals.

Jackson State (2-5) had a shot to win the game at the final buzzer but Julysses Nobles' 3-point attempt fell short.

Nobles led Jackson State with a game-high 22 points.

Neither team led by more than seven points the entire game. The game was tied nine times and also had nine lead changes. MSU took the lead for good with 3:05 left in the game following a Colin Borchert bucket in the post.

Nobles was 8 of 21 from the floor and 6 of 9 at the free throw line. Brandon West also finished in double digits for Jackson State with 10 points.

MSU shot 43.5 for the game, including 61.9 percent in the second half, and made 14 of 19 at the free throw line for the game. Jackson State managed 37 percent for the game and was 15 of 19 at the charity stripe.

MSU sophomore center Gavin Ware entered the game averaging 16.5 points and 11.9 rebounds but finished with just four points and seven boards. It marked Ware's first game of the season to not register a double-double.

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Jackson State (2-5)282856
Mississippi State (4-1) «233558

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LSU2-211-565
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Georgia2-311-556
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