JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – For the first time since 1995, Mississippi State and Southern Miss met in a regular season basketball game.
But once the two got on the court in the Mississippi Coliseum, the Bulldogs made it look like an easy exhibition. They went on a 35-0 run at one point in the second half as they routed Southern Miss 86-44.
Quinndary Weatherspoon led Mississippi State with 16 points. The Bulldogs were hot from three point range, making a school-record 17 long balls and shooting 58.6 percent from deep.
One Bulldog who hit two of those threes was Madison Central alumnus Xavian Stapleton. In his Bulldog debut, he scored eight points on 60 percent shooting. Stapleton has had two knee surgeries in the past that have kept him off of the court.
Meanwhile, the Golden Eagles had a rough time scoring. They shot 23.1 percent from the field and just 19.1 percent from three. MSU outscored USM in the second half 47-19.
It’s the fifth straight loss for Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles will take on San Diego State next on Dec. 22 in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii.
Mississippi State moves to 7-3 and will host Morehead State on Dec. 22.