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Bulldogs, Titans Square Off At The Hump

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Ravern Johnson leads the SEC with a 25.5 scoring clip.
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STARKVILLE, Miss. – There’s little time to celebrate Mississippi State’s impressive come-from-behind victory Friday night as the Bulldogs are back in action on Monday at Humphrey Coliseum against Detroit.

Tip is slated for 7 p.m., and $5 tickets are available for purchase at the coliseum ticket office. It’s just the second meeting between the two, as the Titans claimed an 86-62 win in December of 1968 at the Motor City Classic.

“It’s time to move on to the next game,” 13th-year MSU coach Rick Stansbury said. “We’ve got to put this one behind us and get ready for a very good Detroit team. This is a team that was up on Syracuse in the second half. They’ll come here expecting to win.”

The Bulldogs enter the contest sporting a 2-0 ledger after rallying from a 9-point deficit with two minutes to play against Appalachian State to post a 76-74 victory. Kodi Augustus led the charge with a career-high 26 points to go along with his 10 rebounds as the senior forward recorded his second-straight double-double.

He also came up big on the defensive end, blocking a potential game-tying 3-point attempt in the closing seconds by ASU’s Donald Sims, who finished with 40 points on the night, two shy of tying the Humphrey Coliseum mark of 42 set by Ole Miss’ John Stroud in 1977.

“I was wide open making my shots,” said Augustus, whose 12.0 rebounds a game is tops in the SEC.

The Bulldogs also got a 19-point performance from senior guard Ravern Johnson, who leads the SEC with a 25.5 scoring clip. But as big as his offensive performance was, so too was his defensive effort.

Johnson drew the task of guarding Omar Carter, who entered the game averaging nearly 28 points. However, he finished with only five points against MSU and made just 2 of his 10 shots from the floor.

Now, though, the focus is a Titans team that comes to Starkville with a 1-2 ledger. They collected their first win of the season on Friday, throttling Indiana Tech, 93-62. The win comes after Detroit dropped a 65-55 decision at Syracuse earlier in the week, a game the Titans led by three at intermission.

They are led in scoring by junior forward Eli Holman’s 17.7 clip. He’s also tops in rebounding at 10.0.

After Monday, the Bulldogs return to action on Friday, Nov. 26 in a 6 p.m. showdown against Troy.


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