Hogs Hand State a 9th Straight Loss

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            STARKVILLE, Miss. – A spirited rally fell short Saturday afternoon as the Mississippi State men’s basketball team dropped a 73-69 decision to Arkansas in a Southeastern Conference game played at the Humphrey Coliseum.

            Arkansas notched the rare victory in Starkville to improve to 18-9 overall and 7-7 in league play. MSU fell to 13-14 and 3-11. The Bulldogs have now lost nine straight. The Razorbacks won at MSU for the first time since 2000.

            “Disappointed but the loss,” MSU head coach Rick Ray said. “I thought we did some good things on the court. I thought we attacked the press well. Give (Arkansas coach) Mike Anderson some credit, because when they went to the 2-2-1, the momentum changed, because we weren’t getting the attack.”

            After the Bulldogs scored the initial game of the basket, the Razorbacks quickly sprinted to a 14-8 lead. The Bulldogs followed with seven straight points and grabbed a 15-14 lead on a Gavin Ware tip-in.

            The early play foreshadowed a strong offensive half for both teams.

            Arkansas ran the lead back out to 23-17 on a layup from Alandise Harris with 10:49 left in the half. The Razorbacks continued their early 3-point barrage and extended the advantage to 32-21 on a trey by Anthlon Bell with 7:48 left in the half.

            Still down 10, the Bulldogs ended the half with a 7-1 run to trail 39-35 at the intermission.

            The Bulldogs remained competitive in the game’s final half but never grabbed a lead.

            MSU closed within 39-38 after Roquez Johnson split a pair of free throws. The Razorbacks turned the Bulldogs over twice and scored seven straight points to build a 46-39 lead.

            Arkansas extended the lead to a game-best at 15 points at 71-56 with 6:45 left in the contest. A 3-pointer by Colin Borchert brought the Bulldogs within 71-65 with 4:12 left in the contest. The Bulldogs closed within four at 73-69 but were unable to get another shot to fall.