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Bulldogs Return Home To Face In-State Foe Jackson State

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Sophomore guard Craig Sword is averaging 10.0 points a game and is tied for the team lead with assists at 13.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. – In a prelude to Thanksgiving, Mississippi State prepares to rebound from its first loss of the season as it hosts in-state foe Jackson State on Wednesday.

The weekday tilt is set for a special 1 p.m. tip at Humphrey Coliseum. Wednesday will serve as Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day, and staff members can get free admission by showing their staff identification upon entry to The Hump. Kids 12 and under can get in free, and MSU students will have free pizza while supplies last.

The Bulldogs (3-1) return home after a tough 87-68 setback at Utah State on Saturday night. Sophomore Gavin Ware continued his stellar play in the post for MSU, tallying his third double-double in the first four games of the season with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

Ware is nearly doubling his scoring and rebounding averages from last season, recording over 16 points and 11 boards per game. Colin Borchert and Craig Sword also average double-digit points for MSU with 12.8 and 10 points a game, respectively.

Jackson State (2-4) snapped a two-game losing streak in its last contest with a 68-64 win at Tennessee Martin on Friday. Julysses Nobles and Brandon West paced the Tigers with 17 points apiece.

Nobles leads JSU in scoring and assists with 15.8 points and 3.8 assists per game. A former Arkansas transfer, Nobles has had success against Mississippi State in the past, as he once scored 24 points against the Bulldogs in a Razorback uniform in January of 2012.

MSU currently holds a 4-0 all-time advantage over the Tigers, with the last meeting ending in an 81-67 Bulldog win in the opening round of the 2010 NIT. The Maroon and White are currently 23-3 against SWAC opponents, including wins against Prairie View A&M and Mississippi Valley State earlier this season.

Following Wednesday’s showdown, Mississippi State will host Loyola at noon on Sunday. The game will honor the historic “Game of Change” between the two schools played in the 1963 NCAA Tournament.


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