"We probably just achieved something no one thought we could do," 14th-year coach Rick Stansbury said of winning the 2K Sports Classic. "But now, though, our focus is Louisiana-Monroe. Hopefully, we can build off the momentum from New York and improve from here on out."
Mississippi State (4-1) is 64-14 all-time against teams from the Sun Belt Conference, and ULM is the second of five Sun Belt foes MSU faces this season. Earlier this year, the Bulldogs upended South Alabama, 80-65.
As for the trip to New York, the Bulldogs knocked off No. 19 Texas A&M (69-60) and No. 15 Arizona (67-57) en route to winning the tournament. It was also the first time since 2004 MSU defeated back-to-back ranked opponents (Florida and South Carolina).
"We worked hard and played together as a team," said junior forward Arnett Moultrie, who was named tournament MVP after posting his third double-double against Arizona with 19 points and 10 rebounds. "We were able to get the ball inside, and our guards did a good job of knocking down shots outside."
ULM enters the game 0-4 on the year. MSU is the third SEC team ULM will have played. The Warhawks opened the year with a 60-38 loss at Ole Miss before dropping an 85-62 decision at Tennessee.
They are led in scoring by Fred Brown's 14.0 clip, followed by Charles Winborne and 9.8.
Senior guard Dee Bost continues to lead MSU in scoring with his 16.0 average. Also in double-digits for the Bulldogs are Moultrie (15.2) and freshman guard Rodney Hood (11.2).
After Monday, the Bulldogs are back in action Friday against UT-Martin (7 p.m.) before concluding the November slate on Sunday against North Texas (1:30 p.m.).
Tickets for Monday's and Friday's games are $10, while a reduced price of $5 has been set for Sunday.