Mississippi State 104, Jacksonville State 80
JACKSON, Miss. (AP)—Charles Rhodes turned Mississippi State’s trip to Jackson into his personal homecoming, recording career highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds in the Bulldogs’ 104-80 rout of Jacksonville State on Thursday night.
The Jackson native led six Bulldogs in double figures by doubling the stats from his previous best game—a 12-point, nine-rebound performance last week in an overtime victory over Troy.
This time, Mississippi State reached 100 points for the first time since beating Florida A&M by the same score on Dec. 20, 2004—and the Bulldogs did it without their leading scorer. Guard Jamall Edmondson, who averages 15 points, didn’t dress with a groin injury.
The bigger, stronger Bulldogs (7-2) struggled for nearly a half, trailing by as many as six, before finally breaking it open with a 21-3 run which bridged the halftime.
Mississippi State closed the half with a 10-1 run and led 46-43 at the break, then opened the second half with an 11-2 burst to push its lead into double figures. The Gamecocks didn’t get closer than seven points the rest of the way.
B.J. Spencer, who grew up in Mississippi State’s shadows in Starkville, had 21 points to lead Jacksonville State (4-3). Courtney Bradley had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Walker D. Russell added 10 points for the Gamecocks.
Wesley Morgan added a career-high 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Freshman Richard Delk, making his first career start after a foot injury kept him out of the lineup, had 12 points.
Vernon Goodridge and Piotr Stelmach each had 11 points, and Dietric Slater added 10.
The game was played in Jackson, the state capital located about 140 miles southwest of the Mississippi State campus in Starkville.
The Bulldogs usually play one home game each season away from campus, and have won all four games they have played in Jackson since Rick Stansbury became coach in 1998. Mississippi State beat the Gamecocks 95-53 here last season.