STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI (TICKER)—Timmy Bowers paced four players in double figures with 18 points as 24th-ranked Mississippi State posted a 71-56 victory over winless Jackson State.
The Bulldogs posted their fourth straight win since suffering their only loss to Louisiana-Lafayette and improved to 4-1.
It was the 1,100th win in school history for Mississippi State, which maintained a commanding 49-31 edge on the boards. Ontario Harper led the effort on the glass with a career-high 10 rebounds.
Vincent Branden chipped in with 11 points and Michael Ignerski and Marcus Campbell added 10 apiece for the Bulldogs, who remain without Mario Austin, last season’s leading scorer and rebounder.
Austin is being held out because the NCAA is expected to declare him ineligible for the season.
Tim Henderson scored 17 points and Cliff Walker added 16 for the Tigers (0-5), who have lost all three meetings to their state rivals.
Jackson State stayed close early and only trailed 19-16 when Ismael Joyce made a layup with 8:47 left in the first half. But the Bulldogs scored eight straight points, taking a 27-16 lead on Derrick Zimmerman’s three-point play with 6:02 left in the half.
Mississippi State made it 35-18 on Bowers’ jumper with 4:09 to go before settling for a 37-23 edge at the intermission. The Bulldogs led by as many as 20 midway through the second half.
Jackson State shot just 28 percent (16-of-58) from the field. Henderson (4-of-11) and Walker (4-of-16) were a combined 8-of-27.
However, Mississippi State was sloppy at times, committing 26 turnovers, including six by Bowers. The Bulldogs shot 48 percent (26-of-54).