Starkville, MS-At some point, the streak was going to end. And for Mississippi State, it couldn’t have come to a halt in a more sweeter fashion.
Saturday night in front of a raucous crowd at Humphrey Coliseum, the Bulldogs ended their 13-game losing streak by turning back arch-rival Ole Miss, 73-67.
The victory avenged a 93-75 setback to the Rebels in Oxford back in January.
“I’m just so proud for my guys,” said MSU coach Rick Ray, who earned his first victory in this heated rivalry. “They’ve worked so hard all year, even with the losing, and now they have something to show for their effort.”
The first half consisted of a series of runs.
Ole Miss (21-8, 10-6) jumped out to a 5-0 lead on a dunk by Murphy Holloway, who had a game-high 22 points to go along with his 19 rebounds. However, MSU (8-20, 3-13) answered and took its first lead of the game at 7-5 on a 3-pointer by Colin Borchert, who paced his team with a career-high 21 points.
The lead changed five times in the first 20 minutes, but with 2 minutes remaining until intermission, Borchert drained another trey for a 31-29 advantage, one the Bulldogs never relinquished.
At the break, MSU led 34-30.
“Hopefully, this is the type of game you can build off,” Ray said.