MSU Dominant In Win Against Waregem To Improve to 3-0 In Europe
Freshman reserve guard Deville Smith once again put on a dazzling performance, as he poured in a team-high 22 points, 13 coming in the second half. Senior standout Dee Bost, who wreaked havoc on both ends and hit clutch shots when the game was still close, totaled 20.
"I just wanted to get the ball up and down the court," Smith said. "I thought as a team, we all did that. It was a great win for us. The second half, Dee and Arnett (Moultrie) got us going."
Moultrie was again solid, recording his second double-double of the trip with 19 points and 14 rebounds, with 11 of his boards coming in the second half. Rounding out the double-digit scoring were Wendell Lewis and Brian Bryant with 14.
Of Bryant's production, 12 came in the second half. He also grabbed eight rebounds, as did Lewis.
"I was just out there trying to make plays," Bryant said. "I knocked down my shots and was able to get some rebounds."
Despite the outcome, the game wasn't decided until the fourth quarter.
In fact, the first quarter ended in a tie at 23-all. And less than two minutes into the second frame, Waregem took a 27-26 lead on a 15-foot pull-up by Thomas van de Vondel, a former Boston University standout who totaled a game-high 31 points.
But on the Bulldogs' next two possessions, Bost hit two shots and drained a free throw to put his team on top, 31-27.
From that point, it was all Mississippi State, which built a 52-44 lead at the break.
But if there was a key moment of note, it was the start of the second half.
Coming out of the locker room, the Bulldogs orchestrated a 10-0 run and kept their lead in double-double digits for the remainder of the game. Bost sparked the run with four points, while Bryant, Rodney Hood and Moultrie provided the other six.
"I thought the way we started the second half energized us and took a lot out of them," said MSU coach Rick Stansbury, whose team eclipsed the 100-point mark for the first time since scoring 105 against St. Bonaventure in December of 2009. "We played with energy, and this win was against one of the better teams here. I've seen improvement, but I also know we still have a lot to work on."
Game 4 of the five-game European swing is set for 1 p.m. CT tomorrow in Antwerp, Belgium, against Division II powerhouse St. Jan.