SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2002
Men's Basketball Falls To No. 23 Mississippi St., 100-65

Nov 30, 2002

Final Stats

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Timmy Bowers had 21 points, including four 3-pointers, as No. 23 Mississippi State shot 58 percent in a 100-65 win Saturday over Jacksonville.

Bowers led five scorers in double figures and the Bulldogs (2-1) won their second straight game without star center Mario Austin. The school is still waiting for a ruling on Austin's eligibility after the NCAA determined he was mistakenly certified to play as a freshman.

Mississippi State dropped its opening game to Louisiana-Lafayette but was never in danger of losing to Jacksonville (3-2).

The Bulldogs led 53-41 with 15:15 remaining when they went on a 13-2 run. Bowers and Ontario Harper made two of Mississippi State's 10 3-pointers during the spurt.

Harper and Michal Ignerski finished with 10 points each.

Mississippi State led 45-26 at the half.

Kevin Sheppard scored 30 points for Jacksonville, but the Dolphins got little scoring from their bench. Mississippi State's bench outscored Jacksonville 45-6 as the Bulldogs got 14 points from Marcus Campbell and 16 from Winsome Frazier, both career highs.

Mississippi State's defensive pressure also produced 23 turnovers along with 14 steals, including four by Bowers.

Mississippi State started the game with an 11-3 run before the Dolphins of the Atlantic Sun Conference fought back to 15-13 with 11 minutes left in the first half. The Bulldogs responded with a 14-4 surge to regain control.

Mississippi State held Jacksonville to 33 percent shooting in the first half, while the Bulldogs shot 53 percent from the floor.

Mississippi State closed the half with a 14-5 spurt. Jacksonville got no closer than 13 points the rest of the way.