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Balanced scoring leads MSU past FAMU

Five Bulldogs scored in double figures.

Posted: Nov 18, 2017 7:33 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) - Abdul Ado made his long-awaited Mississippi State debut with 12 points and 8 rebounds as the Bulldogs beat Florida A&M 79-48 Saturday afternoon at Humphrey Coliseum.

MSU scored 51 points in the second half to expand an 11-point halftime lead. In the second half, the Bulldogs shot 67.7 percent.

Five MSU players were in double figures. Ado was joined by Nick Weatherspoon (12 points), Lamar Peters (12 points), Quinndary Weatherspoon (12 points) and Tyson Carter (10 points).

"It felt great to be out there," Ado said. "Sometimes, I felt this day would never come. I was nervous before the game. My teammates said it's just like practice, except you are playing another team. Do what you can do. That really gave me a lot of confidence."

Abdul missed last season waiting for his eligibility to be cleared. The 6-foot-11 freshman from Nigeria made an impression in his 23 minutes of play.

"Abdul is a high-energy guy," Peters said. "It's good to have him out there. We know he is going to give us everything because he always goes all out. He is going to help us offensively and defensively. He will make an impact."

MSU (2-0) started fast, building a 15-2 lead in less than six minutes. A dunk by Carter capped that opening run. The Bulldogs then fell in a slump offensively with only one basket over the next eight minutes.

Florida A&M (0-4) was back within five points at 19-14 with 4:12 left in the half.

MSU led 28-17 at halftime.

"Our defense in the first half was tremendous," MSU coach Ben Howland said. "Our block outs were not good. We allowed too many offensive rebounds in the first half. In the second half, we did a much better job of attacking the basket. It was great to have Abdul make his debut today.

"He did a lot of things defensively that will not show up on a stat sheet."

The Bulldogs started the second half on a 9-1 run for a 37-18 lead. A follow-up 8-0 run pushed the lead to 48-21 with 13:58 left in the contest.

For the contest, MSU hit 33 of 62 shots from the field (53.2 percent), 7 of 24 shots from 3-point range (29.2 percent) and 6 of 9 shots from the foul line (66.7 percent). Florida A&M hit 18 of 64 shots from the field (28.1 percent), 5 of 19 shots from 3-point range (26.3 percent) and 7 of 12 shots from the foul line (58.3 percent).
Florida A&M held a 42-37 rebounding advantage. The Bulldogs had 19 assists and 17 turnovers, while the Rattlers had six assists and 24 turnovers.

The Bulldogs had 13 blocked shots, including six by Schnider Herard and three by Ado. Peters had five assists and four steals.

Florida A&M received 15 points from Marcus Barham and 14 points from Desmond Williams.

MSU will play host to Green Bay at 7 p.m. Monday.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 497790

Reported Deaths: 9917
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34102530
DeSoto31839398
Hinds31837622
Jackson24314377
Rankin21881388
Lee15427234
Madison14525279
Jones13772241
Forrest13412250
Lauderdale11937314
Lowndes10934185
Lamar10470135
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Lafayette8454138
Hancock7697126
Washington7365156
Oktibbeha7111129
Monroe6727174
Warren6642176
Pontotoc6609101
Neshoba6606205
Panola6460131
Marshall6386132
Bolivar6266145
Union596094
Pike5784152
Alcorn5633101
Lincoln5417134
George491879
Scott470998
Tippah465381
Prentiss464181
Leflore4627143
Itawamba4596104
Adams4570119
Tate4546109
Copiah445191
Simpson4421116
Wayne438572
Yazoo438586
Covington427394
Marion4216107
Sunflower4215104
Coahoma4115104
Leake407787
Newton380879
Grenada3692108
Stone358464
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Winston313191
Clay306375
Chickasaw296767
Clarke290694
Calhoun277945
Holmes266987
Smith262550
Yalobusha232647
Tallahatchie225251
Walthall217763
Greene215548
Lawrence211140
Perry204755
Amite203954
Webster201645
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Jefferson Davis170642
Carroll167438
Tunica158639
Benton147438
Kemper141241
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Humphreys129038
Franklin119128
Quitman106227
Wilkinson104539
Jefferson94234
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 813481

Reported Deaths: 15179
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Jefferson1139971910
Mobile722271323
Madison51970686
Shelby37279341
Baldwin37069540
Tuscaloosa34934599
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Lee23142240
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Jackson9789180
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Dale8859181
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Chilton6587160
Russell625958
Franklin5930105
Chambers5559142
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Dallas4882199
Clarke472782
Pike4719105
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Winston4473101
Lawrence4264117
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Monroe330262
Randolph327063
Butler324794
Pickens313882
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Hale309187
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Fayette290679
Washington250951
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Crenshaw243575
Clay240367
Macon230562
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A cold front passing through our area overnight will bring into our area some of the coolest temperatures of the season so far. We will see most of the highs this weekend only in the upper 60s to lower 70s. While overnight lows will drop off down into the 40s Saturday night.
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