It’s the first meeting between the two, while MSU is 6-0 all-time against foes from the MEAC. Early this year, the Bulldogs beat league member Florida A&M, 78-65.
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The Bulldogs sport a 9-3 ledger and with a victory would match last year’s win total. The Hawks enter the contest 2-9 after losing at Virginia Tech on Dec. 31.
Craig Sword, who has scored in double-digits the last 11 games, leads MSU with 15.3 points and 1.8 steals. On the boards, Gavin Ware paces the Bulldogs with his 8.3 clip. The sophomore from Starkville is also second in scoring at 10.4.
Kyree Jones leads UMES in scoring at 16.2.
This game is also the final non-conference outing for the Bulldogs, who open SEC play on Jan. 8 at Kentucky. Tip is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised on the SEC Network.