HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Anriel Howard scored 16 points, Teaira McCowan added 13 points and 16 rebounds and No. 5 Mississippi State beat Southern Mississippi 86-42 on Friday night.
Mississippi State didn’t have a great night offensively, but made things very difficult for Southern Miss on the defensive end. The Bulldogs forced 27 turnovers and had a 43-29 rebounding advantage.
Southern Miss managed just 15 points in the second half.
Howard shot 6 for 12 from the field while McCowan was 5 for 8 and grabbed nine offensive rebounds. Jazzmun Holmes had 13 points and six assists, Jordan Danberry had 12 points and Chloe Bibby added 11.
Mississippi State (10-0) controlled the game throughout and never trailed after the opening few minutes, stretching its lead to 42-27 by halftime. Southern Miss (6-4) managed to stay fairly competitive in the first half by shooting nearly 55 percent, but the Golden Eagles struggled with turnovers and rebounding.
Southern Miss was led by Daishai Almond, who scored 10 points.
Mississippi State: The Bulldogs continue to roll through their early schedule and have now won 46 straight regular season nonconference games. Mississippi State should get a challenge this week when it goes on a trip to Oregon and Washington.
Southern Miss: The Golden Eagles played hard, but lacked the talent to stay with the Bulldogs for four quarters. Southern Miss has a 4-12 record against Mississippi State.
Mississippi State travels to play at Oregon on Tuesday.