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Mississippi State battles Utah State at 8 p.m. Saturday in Logan.
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MSU On Road For First Time This Year At Utah State

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November 22, 2013

STARKVILLE, Miss. – After opening the season with three home games, Mississippi State will travel all the way to Logan, Utah, for a pivotal showdown with Utah State on Saturday.

Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The game can be watched live for free through live video streaming by the Mountain West Network at http://www.themw.com/#!/watch-live (backup link: http://www.utahstateaggies.com/videos/). Live audio will be available on the MSU Radio Network and through HailStateTV.

The Bulldogs (3-0) hope to continue their winning ways after claiming a double-digit victory in every game this season. MSU has only trailed in one game and has a perfect record through three games for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

Sophomore forward Gavin Ware leads Rick Ray’s squad with 15.7 points per game and is tied for second in the SEC with 12 rebounds per outing. Ware has grabbed at least 10 boards in every game and has tallied two double-doubles after only recording two all of last season.

“We need Gavin to be active for us inside,” Ray said. “And we need to make sure our guards give him that chance.”

Colin Borchert, Roquez Johnson and Fred Thomas also average double-figure scoring for the Bulldogs, who are averaging an impressive 81 points as a team.

The Aggies (3-0) host an SEC squad for the first time since a home matchup against Georgia in 1985. Utah State claimed a 71-64 win at UC Santa Barbara in its last outing. Jarred Shaw leads the team with 15 points and 7.7 rebounds a game.

USU boasts one of the nation’s top home environments, holding a remarkable 112-9 record in nonconference games at home under Coach Stew Morrill.

Mississippi State won the only meeting between the schools, a 66-64 nail-biter on New Year’s Eve in 2011. Dee Bost drained two late free throws and made a key defensive stop to preserve the win for the Bulldogs.

Following Saturday’s road clash, MSU will play its next six games in the Magnolia State, beginning with a home matchup against in-state foe Jackson State on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 1 p.m. at Humphrey Coliseum.

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