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Bulldogs Are Back At Home Again To Face Alcorn State

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Freshman forward Gavin Ware leads MSU with 6.8 rebounds an outing.
Photo Courtesy of Brian Tirpak

STARKVILLE, Miss. - It's been two weeks since Mississippi State last played a game at Humphrey Coliseum, but on Tuesday the Bulldogs return to the friendly confines of the arena when they face Alcorn State.

Tip is set for 7 p.m.

"It's just good to be back at home in front of your fans," said MSU coach Rick Ray, whose team is 1-4 following its trip to Maui. "I know our guys are looking forward to that."

The Bulldogs and Braves are meeting for the fifth time, with each team winning twice. The two teams first met in the 1979 NIT, with ASU claiming an 80-78 win in the opening round.

Their last meeting was in December of 1990, with Mississippi State claiming a 120-65 win. That point total ranks as the fourth highest in school history and the third-most at Humphrey Coliseum.

"They like to dribble-drive and penetrate," Ray said. "We're going to have to do a really good job of defending and rebounding."

Sophomore forward Roquez Johnson leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 15.8. He's also second in rebounding at 6.5, behind freshman forward Gavin Ware at 6.8.

In his last outing against Texas, Johnson totaled a team- and career-high 18 points.

"I've just got to continue to work hard and get better," he said.

Alcorn State enters the contest sporting a 2-4 record. The Braves are led in scoring by LeAntwan Luckett and Anthony Evans at 14.7 and 13.2 points, respectively.

In its last outing, ASU claimed a 69-65 overtime win against Samford where Luckett poured in 24 points.

After Tuesday, the Bulldogs are back on the road for a trip to Rhode Island to face Providence on Saturday in the SEC/Big East Challenge. Tip at the Dunkin' Donut Centers is set for 11:02 a.m. CT, and the game will be televised by ESPN2.


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