Mario Austin scored 20 points and Timmy Bowers scored 16 as Mississippi State defeated Richmond 74-72 on Thursday in the second round of the Las Vegas Classic."> Mario Austin scored 20 points and Timmy Bowers scored 16 as Mississippi State defeated Richmond 74-72 on Thursday in the second round of the Las Vegas Classic.">

MSU DEFEATS RICHMOND 74-72

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/01players/basketball/teamshot120-160.jpg" align="left" width="125" height="160">Mario Austin scored 20 points and Timmy Bowers scored 16 as Mississippi State defeated Richmond 74-72 on Thursday in the second round of the Las Vegas Classic.

Mississippi State (11-0) matched its best start ever. The Bulldogs also started the 1957-58 season 11-0.

Richmond, now 3-5 on the year, was led in scoring by Tony Dobbins with 23 points.

Mississippi State led at halftime 36-31.

Mississippi State, in the first five minutes of the second half, doubled the halftime lead to 49-39. However, the Richmond Spiders came back to not only overcome that lead but to build their own six-point lead with eight and half minutes to go. Mississippi State rallied and took the lead for good on a Michael Gholar's 3-point field goal with 3:15 remaining.

Richmond narrowed the gap to one with a little under 19 seconds to go but Mississippi State's Mario Austin's free throw gave the Bulldogs a two-point lead. The Spider's Reggie Brown attempted a likely game-winning three-point shot with about 2 seconds to go that was short. The Bulldogs' Derrick Zimmerman grabbed the rebound to end the hard fought contest.

The Bulldogs now face 25th ranked Cincinnati Friday at 7 p.m. CT in the third round of the Las Vegas Classic.

RICHMOND (3-5)
Dobbins 7-12 7-7 23, Ungerer 1-2 0-0 2, Skrocki 1-5 0-0 2, Collins 3-4 0-0 6, Brown 8-19 0-1 20, Myers 3-4 2-3 8, Faulconer 0-1 0-0 0, O'Malley 4-5 2-2 11. Totals 27-52 9-10 72.

MISSISSIPPI STATE (11-0)
Gholar 3-5 0-0 8, Patterson 2-5 3-4 7, Austin 8-11 4-6 20, Bowers 6-12 0-0 16, Zimmerman 2-5 4-4 8, Goffer 0-4 0-0 0, Gardner 0-0 0-0 0, Harper 4-4 0-0 8, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Ignerski 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 28-52 11-14 74.

Halftime -- Mississippi St. 36, Richmond 31. 3-point goals -- Richmond 9-24 (Dobbins 2-5, Ungerer 0-1, Skrocki 0-2, Brown 4-12, Myers 2-3, O'Malley 1-1), Mississippi St. 7-16 (Gholar 2-3, Patterson 0-1, Bowers 4-7, Goffer 0-4, Ignerski 1-1). Fouled out -- None. Rebounds -- Richmond 18 (Skrocki 4), Mississippi S. 33 (Austin 8). Assists -- Richmond 15 (Brown 4), Mississippi St. 19 (Gholar, Bowers, Zimmerman 4). Total fouls -- Richmond 15, Mississippi St. 15.


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