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Mississippi State Downs Razorbacks, 84-54

Mississippi State Downs Razorbacks, 84-54
STARKVILLE, Miss. — Mississippi State jumped on Arkansas early and never let up as the No. 23 Bulldogs dominated the Razorbacks in almost every phase of the game in rolling to an 84-54 victory over the Hogs Saturday.

MSU scored the first six points of the game, led 20-7 on Winsome Frazier’s tip-in seven minutes in, led 33-11 on a Timmy Bowers three at the 9:15 mark and led by 34 at the half, 52-18, on two Branden Vincent free throws in the final seconds.

Arkansas (7-12, 2-6) made just five of 30 shots in the first period, 16.7 percent, while the Bulldogs (15-5, 5-4) hit 16 of 27, 59.3 percent.

UA outscored Mississippi State in the second half, 36-32, but the Razorbacks never got closer than 24 points, that coming with 11:40 remaining on a Larry Satchell jumper to get Arkansas within 66-42.

MSU shot 50 percent for the game (28-56) and out-rebounded the Hogs, 48-37.

Arkansas had 22 offensive rebounds, made 80 percent of its free throws (12-15) and actually had fewer turnovers (13) than the Bulldogs (14), but MSU outscored the Razorbacks 40-18 in the paint and had a 16-0 advantage on fast break points. The Bulldogs also made 22 of 29 free throws and blocked eight shots.

Most of the MSU’s points in the paint came from Mario Austin, who was seven of 10 from the floor and finished with game highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ontario Harper had 14 points and nine rebounds, and reserve center Marcus Campbell added nine points and 10 boards. Frazier finished with 12 points.

Arkansas forwards Satchell, Dionisio Gomez and Alonzo Lane got in foul trouble early trying to stop MSU’s big men and all three finished the game with four fouls.

Eric Ferguson led Arkansas with 13 points, all coming in the first 6:05 of the second half. Michael Jones added 11. Lane and Carl Baker added five points each. Satchell had a team-high seven rebounds to go with four points.

Freshman Jonathon Modica, who had scored 26 points in consecutive games entering the contest, was held to four points.

The Razorbacks play host to Tennessee Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in a game televised by Jefferson-Pilot Sports.

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