Bulldogs Back At Home To Face Owls On Thursday
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m., and the game can be viewed via video and audio streaming by HailStateTV subscribers, with Jim Ellis and Bart Gregory providing play-by-play analysis.
The Bulldogs (1-0) never trailed in the season opener as they used a dominating inside game to defeat Prairie View A&M, 71-56. Sophomore forward Gavin Ware posted his third-career double-double with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds on the night.
Freshman point guard I.J. Ready impressed in his MSU debut, scoring 14 points to go along with his two assists and three steals. Ready proved clutch in Mississippi State’s decisive late-game surge, as he drained an important three-pointer and swiped a steal that led to more Bulldog points on back-to-back possessions and put the game out of reach.
Kennesaw State (1-3) enters the contest having played four home games in the first four days of the season. The Owls dropped games to Youngstown State, Eastern Kentucky and Florida International, but bounced back to rout NCAA Division II squad Warren Wilson 92-48 on Monday.
KSU, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference, has never posted a winning season since joining the NCAA Division I ranks in 2005. The Owls are led by guard Delbert Love, who averages 15.0 points per game and is currently the third all-time leading scorer in school history.
MSU has never faced Kennesaw State on the hardwood and has not played an Atlantic Sun team since a 2010 matchup against East Tennessee State. The Bulldogs will also play defending Atlantic Sun Tournament Champions Florida Gulf Coast later in the season.
After Thursday night’s tilt, Mississippi State will conclude its season-opening three-game homestand with a showdown against in-state foe Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday. The clash with the Delta Devils is set to tip at 7 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.