STARKVILLE, Miss. - All-America candidate and first-team all-SEC selection Jamont Gordon led the way to a 75-45 victory over Louisiana Tech Saturday afternoon. Gordon, who shot 7-of-14 from the field, recorded a game-high 21 points on the evening along with five rebounds to move five points short of 1,000 during his Maroon and White career.
Scoring the victor's only double-double was returning all-SEC freshman Barry Stewart
, who shot 5-of-10 from the field to score 13 points and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds. Team co-captain and second-team all-SEC forward Charles Rhodes
notched 17 points and posted seven rebounds on the contest. Rounding out State members in double figures was all-SEC freshman Ben Hansbrough
with 11, while sophomore standout Jarvis Varnado
moved up to ninth all-time amongst Mississippi State blockers with his six rejects on the game.
MSU now holds a eight-game home winning streak with an average winning margin in those contests at 20.1 points per victory. Today's win moves the Bulldogs to 8-2 in season openers under head coach Rick Stansbury. Stansbury is now just six wins shy of becoming the all-time winningest basketball coach in Mississippi State history.
While State's returning SEC-leading three-point defense held the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs to only 30 percent from behind the arc, sophomore guard Kyle Gibson was a bright spot during the loss for LTU, recording a team-high 15 points and 15 rebounds.
State's four turnovers in the game were the fewest by a Stansbury-coached team.
Two teams with top-25 potential will meet when Clemson travels to the Humphrey Coliseum this Thursday, Nov. 15, to play the Bulldogs. The game will be televised by FSN/SUN and tipoff is set for 7 p.m. CT.