MSU Wins 86-70

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Ben Hansbrough led the Mississippi State Bulldogs (2-1) to an 86-70 victory over the visiting Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks Saturday evening to cap a three-game homestand before travelling to California for competition in the Anaheim Classic over the upcoming Thanksgiving break.

Hansbrough knocked down 6-of-8 shots, including 4-of-6 from behind the three-point arc, to score 20 points for only the second time in his Maroon and White career. Sophomore standout Jarvis Varnado grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds to record a new career best in that category. Three other Bulldogs scored in double figures, as Charles Rhodes notched 15, and all-America candidate Jamont Gordon and freshman Riley Benock added 10 each in the victory.

Varnado, who leads the Southeastern Conference in blocks per game, swatted three shots in the contest, while Rhodes' 15 points moves him just 38 points short of State's prestigious 1,000-point club.

Skyhawk freshman Marquis Weddle set a new season-high with 24 points in the affair, and the Ohio Valley Conference's leading scorer - Lester Hudson - notched 27 points along with 11 rebounds to record the game's only double-double.

Coach Rick Stansbury's Bulldogs began the game with a 12-0 run and would never look back as Tennessee-Martin never led during the night. Stansbury now moves just five wins shy of surpassing mentor Richard Williams for the title of the winningnest head basketball coach in MSU history. State now moves to 6-1 all-time versus Tennessee-Martin and is undefeated against the Ohio Valley Conference under Stansbury's guidance.

The Bulldogs will begin competition in the Anaheim Classic versus UC Irvine in Game 1 at 1 p.m. CT on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 22) and the contest will be aired on ESPNU.

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