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Northwestern State (7-5) vs. (18) Mississippi State (11-1)



Thursday, December 22nd, 8:00 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Pat Taggart, Associate College Basketball Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: Mississippi Coliseum (7,711) -- Jackson, Mississippi. Television: None. Home Record: Northwestern St. 5-0, Mississippi St. 8-1. Away Record: Northwestern St. 2-5, Mississippi St. 1-0. Neutral Record: Northwestern St. 0-0, Mississippi St. 2-0. Conference Record: Northwestern St. 0-0, Mississippi St. 0-0. Series Record: Mississippi State leads, 5-1.

GAME NOTES: The Northwestern State Demons and the Mississippi State Bulldogs will clash tonight in non-conference action from Mississipp Coliseum in Jackson.

Northwestern State enters this game on a bit of a roll, as it has posted three consecutive victories to improve to 7-5 overall. The Demons have played well offensively the last two times out, including in Monday's 89-79 victory over Central Methodist. While they are a perfect 5-0 at home, their 2-5 road record leaves much to be desired.

As impressive as Northwestern State has been the last few times out, Mississippi State has been even better when considering its current 10-game win streak and 11-1 overall record. The Bulldogs beat Detroit by an 80-75 final on Saturday, and eight of their 11 wins this season have come at home.

Mississippi State and Northwestern State have met on six previous occasions, five of which have been won by the Bulldogs.

Six players reached double figures in scoring for Northwestern State in the 10-point victory over Central Methodist on Monday, and Shamir Davis led the way with 19 points in 29 minutes of action. Louis Ellis and William Mosley scored 14 points apiece, and Mosley posted 12 rebounds and four blocked shots as well. The Demons earned a 39-30 rebounding advantage in that affair and shot a solid 49.2 percent from the floor. An 18-8 edge in points from the foul line also helped the cause, as did 16 forced turnovers. Davis is scoring 13.2 ppg this season to pace his club, and he has logged more assists (40) and steals (20) than any other player on the roster. Ellis checks in with 10.2 ppg, an output that would obviously be higher if not for his 37.3 percent shooting from the floor. The Demons are netting 72.4 ppg overall while permitting 69.8 ppg to opponents.

Dee Bost and Arnette Moultrie form an outstanding duo for Mississippi State, which is scoring 76.8 ppg while allowing 63.4 ppg. Bost is averaging 18.0 ppg to go along with 4.5 apg and 2.3 spg, while Moultrie adds 17.1 ppg and 11.4 rpg to the mix. Rodney Hood and Renardo Sidney add some balance to the lineup with 12.5 ppg and 10.3 rpg, respectively. Moultrie returned from a knee injury to play against Detroit last Saturday and posted 17 points and 13 boards in that affair. Brian Bryant also netted 17 points in a reserve role, while Sidney tallied 16 points. Bost scored 13 points for the Bulldogs, who shot nearly 50 percent from the field and turned the ball over a mere eight times. They also earned a 38-33 rebounding edge and showed a great deal of toughness to knock off a pesky opponent.

Mississippi State will get the job done tonight in what appears to be a favorable matchup for the Bulldogs. The Demons are due to come back to Earth, and MSU has the firepower to make that happen.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Mississippi State 80, Northwestern State 60

12/22 10:44:26 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
TOR 2
NYY 0
Final
CWS 6
DET 3
Final
STL 1
CHC 5
Final
PIT 3
CIN 2
Final
BAL 3
MIN 2
Final
TAM 7
BOS 0
Final
KAN 2
CLE 3
Final
CWS 4
DET 8
Final
ATL 0
MIA 4
Final
NYM 2
PHI 7
Final
HOU 2
TEX 0
Final
ARI 0
COL 2
Final
STL 13
CHC 2
Final
SDP 2
LOS 1
 
Final
SFG 3
MIL 1
 
Final
ANA 2
OAK 0
 
Final
SEA 1
WAS 3
 
1:07pm Today
TOR
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
NYM
PHI
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
CIN
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
MIN
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
BOS
 
2:10pm Today
CWS
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
TEX
 
2:15pm Today
STL
CHC
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
OAK
 
4:05pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
4:10pm Today
ARI
COL
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
LOS
 
4:10pm Today
SEA
WAS
 
5:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
CLE
 
Final
MICH 52
APPST 14
Final
NAVY 17
OSU 34
Final
UAB 48
TROY 10
Final
UVA 20
UCLA 28
Final
PURD 43
WMICH 34
Final
NCSU 24
GASO 23
Final
UMASS 7
BC 30
Final
NW 24
CAL 31
Final
NEB 55
FATL 7
Final
UMO 27
MARS 42
Final
ND 48
RICE 17
Final
MIZZ 38
SDST 18
Final
ALA 33
WVU 23
Final
AUB 45
ARK 21
Final
STAN 45
UCD 0
Final
UGA 45
CLEM 21
Final
UNC 56
LBRTY 29
Final
KSU 14
OHIO 17
Final
OKLA 48
LATU 16
Final
KST 55
SAUST 16
Final
USC 52
FRES 13
Final
MSST 49
SMISS 0
 
Final
OKST 31
FSU 37
Final
TEX 38
UNT 7
Final
NMU 24
UTEP 31
8:05pm Saturday
UF 0
IDAHO 0
4th
LSU 28
WISC 24
 
Half
OREG 41
SD 13
 
3rd
HAW 10
WASH 17
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENN
UTST
7:30pm Tonight
BAY
SMU
Final
DUKE 52
ELON 13
 
Final
ECU 52
NCCU 7
 
7:05pm Saturday
NOR 4
DUR 1
 
5:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR