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Mississippi State spoils Texas AM's return to action

Field Level Media
04 Mar 2021, 14:05 GMT+10

Iverson Molinar scored 18 points to help Mississippi State notch a 63-57 victory over Texas AM on Wednesday night in Southeastern Conference play at College Station, Texas.

D.J. Stewart Jr. added 14 points for the Bulldogs (14-12, 8-9 SEC), who won for the third time in four games.

Emanuel Miller poured in 24 points and collected a season-high 13 rebounds for Texas AM (8-8, 2-7), which was playing its first game since Jan. 30. The Aggies had all eight of their scheduled February games postponed -- seven due to the program's COVID-19 issues and one due to inclement weather.

Quenton Jackson scored 13 points and Savion Flagg added 12 for Texas AM.

Abdul Ado rejected five shots for the Bulldogs, who shot 53.1 percent from the floor and connected on 8 of 19 attempts from behind the arc.

The inactivity affected Texas AM's shooting -- it shot just 31.9 percent from the field and 4 of 25 from 3-point range. But the Aggies were superb with their ball-handling, committing just four turnovers to Mississippi State's 17.

In addition, Texas AM was 9 of 10 from the free-throw line while Mississippi State was just 3 of 12.

The Bulldogs never led until the contest was nearly 28 minutes old.

Mississippi State trailed 38-31 before exploding with an 18-4 burst, including the last 11.

Deivon Smith's 3-pointer gave the Bulldogs their first lead at 44-42 with 12:04 remaining. Stewart made two 3-pointers and Quinten Post add a jumper during the 11-0 spurt that gave Mississippi State a 49-42 advantage with 10:38 left.

Stewart drained a 3-pointer and Tolu Smith slammed home a dunk to push the lead to 56-46 with 7:40 remaining.

Nearly 4 1/2 minutes later, Flagg hit a jumper as Texas AM moved with 59-55, but the Aggies then missed their final eight field-goal attempts.

Still, Texas AM was within four when Miller hit two free throws with 1:24 left, but the hosts didn't score again.

The Aggies started strong, and back-to-back baskets by Miller gave Texas AM an 18-8 lead with 11:31 left in the first half.

Molinar scored the final five points of a 10-0 run as the Bulldogs knotted the score.

Texas AM led 33-29 at the break. Miller's basket less than two minutes into the second half gave the Aggies the seven-point lead before the Bulldogs took control with their charge.

--Field Level Media

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