Rhodes, a second-team All-SEC pick last season as a sophomore, totaled 27 points on red-hot 11-of-14 field-goal shooting. The former Jackson Lanier High School product connected on 9-of-12 attempts from the field in a sparkling 21-point effort during the morning's first of two 20-minute scrimmage periods.
Rookie Ben Hansbrough, the state of Missouri's reigning Class 5A player of the year from Poplar Bluff High School, scored 20 points on 5-of-8 field goals, 2-of-4 treys and a perfect 8-of-8 from the charity stripe during Saturday's scrimmage. The true freshman backcourt performer also added a team-most six steals in addition to being credited with six rebounds and five assists on the day.
Senior forward Piotr Stelmach of Poland collected a club-high 13 rebounds, including seven offensive boards, to go along with his 19 points and five steals. Sophomore Reginald Delk and senior Dietric Slater contributed 16 and 15 points, respectively.
State fans will have two more preseason opportunities to check out coach Rick Stansbury's 2006-07 Bulldogs next week. On Wednesday, Nov. 1, MSU will play host to NAIA member Auburn-Montgomery at 7 p.m. A week from Saturday (Nov. 4), the Bulldogs will welcome reigning NAIA Division I runner-up Oklahoma City to the State campus. Tip-off for State's second preseason exhibition men's basketball game has been moved up to 6 p.m. CT from its originally scheduled 7 p.m. starting time. Both exhibition contests at Humphrey Coliseum will also be free of charge and open to the public.
Mississippi State will officially tip off the school's 95th season of collegiate basketball competition on Saturday, Nov. 11, when the Bulldogs open a three-game homestand by playing host to Nicholls State in a 2 p.m. CT contest.