November 20, 2012

Marquette preview

Mississippi State found out just how outmanned it was Monday as No. 9 North Carolina blew past the Bulldogs six scholarship players 95-49 in the Maui Invitational.

The loss sends MSU into a 1:30 p.m. consolation matchup with Marquette this afternoon.

The Bulldogs are now 3-7 in games played in Hawaii and 87-74 during in-season tournaments overall.

Today will be the first ever meeting between State and Marquette on the hardwood.

Rick Ray traveled to Hawaii with only six active scholarship players due to attrition, injuries and suspensions. Two Bulldog starters are not available in the tournament. Leading returning scorer Jalen Steele is out six to eight weeks with a fractured wrist while junior college transfer Colin Borchert was suspended for the trip due to a violation of team rules.

So Ray's thin and inexperienced squad took the floor against the Tar Heels on Monday and fell behind from the opening tip. North Carolina drained 11 of their first 12 shots and finished the night 47-percent from the field and 46-percent behind the arc. Roquez Johnson led Mississippi State in scoring in that contest with 12 points.

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