Associated Press

Mississippi State 78, Arkansas 46

Gavin Ware has 21 points and is one of three Mississippi State players with 10 rebounds as the hot-shooting Bulldogs humble Arkansas 78-46 Tuesday night in Starkville, Miss.

An undermanned Arkansas basketball team that has been competitive in almost all of its games this season didn't show up in Starkville on Tuesday night.

Gavin Ware scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead hot-shooting Mississippi State squad to a 78-46 humbling of the ice-cold Razorbacks, who had won three of their last four games.

Arkansas (12-12, 5-6) - who hit 16 3-pointers while beating Mississippi State 82-68 exactly one month ago - shot just 22 percent from the field (16-of-72) on Tuesday night, was just 1-of-10 from 3-point range and got beat 50-39 on the boards.

 "I am very, very disappointed in our performance," Razorback head coach Mike Anderson said. "I apologize to our fans. I will take the blame on that one for not getting our team ready. Going in you know it is going to be a challenge and when I come out here and see we shot 22 percent, you are not going to beat many people. We missed a lot of chipee lay-ups.

"Give Mississippi State credit. I thought they came out and really took charge of the game."

The Bulldogs (10-13, 3-8) shot 52 peercent overall and 60 percent in the first half while building up a lead of 31-12 and taking a 42-20 advantage into intermission.

Quinderry Robinson added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Mississppi State while Craig Sword added 10 points and Travis Daniels grabbed 10 rebounds as well.

"That was out best performance of the year," Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland said. "I was really pleased with our defense and how we played. We were very good in our motion (offense) and sharing, but it was our defense that got us going."

Jimmy Whitt led Arkansas will 11 points, but Arkansas three leading scorers - Anthlon Bell (9), Dusty Hannahs (5) and Moses KIngsley (4) had just a combined 18 points after coming into the game averaging a combined 15.

Bell was 3-of-15, Whitt 3-of-12 and Hannahs 3-of-11 on Tuesday night.

Hannahs had hit 8 3-pointers and scored 26 points in the first game while Bell had 25 points and knocked down five treys in that game.

"That was not a lot of team basketball, but more importantly we didn't make shots," Anderson said. "We missed easy, easy opportunities. It seemed like our team stayed at the hotel.

"We had a pretty good shoot-around and I thought we were coming prepared, but that we were going to get Mississippi State's best shot. They played well."


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