MSU Plays North Texas Sunday At 1:30 p.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. – There's little time to enjoy and celebrate Friday's win, as No. 24 Mississippi State is back in action on Sunday against North Texas.

Tip at Humphrey Coliseum is set for 1:30 p.m., and tickets can be purchased at a special price of just $5.

The Bulldogs (6-1) have won five in a row and are looking to start a season 7-1 for the first time since 2003-04, when they won the overall SEC regular-season crown.

Friday, they picked up their latest victory with a convincing 76-50 win against UT Martin, despite the absence of starting junior forwards Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sidney, who continue to nurse injuries. In that outing, MSU shot a season-best 59.3 percent (32-54) from the floor and were led in scoring by Dee Bost and Rodney Hood with 17 points each.

Bost, the All-SEC standout, continues to lead MSU in scoring at 16.9 points.

"We shot nearly 70 percent in the second half, and we didn't turn the ball over that much in that half either," MSU coach Rick Stansbury said. "For the most part, I thought we played hard. That doesn't mean we always played good, but we played hard and that is all that you can ask for."

North Texas enters the contest 1-2 following its 97-64 setback at Texas-Arlington on Wednesday.

The Mean Green is led in scoring by freshman standout guard Chris Jones's 18.3 clip, the seventh highest total in the country by a freshman. Earlier this year, he poured in 31 points against Big 12 foe Texas Tech, the fifth highest total by a freshman in school history.

North Texas is the third Sun Belt Conference foe MSU has faced this year. Already, the Bulldogs have defeated South Alabama (85-70) and Louisiana-Monroe (78-63). In December, MSU also plays league members Troy and Florida Atlantic.

Sunday marks the second meeting between the two schools, as the Bulldogs claimed a 66-65 victory in December of 1972 in Starkville.

After Sunday, Mississippi State is off until Dec. 3, when it hosts West Virginia at 8 p.m. on ESPNU in the Big East/SEC Challenge.


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