Molinar scores 16, Mississippi State stymies Montana 86-49
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) Iverson Molinar scored 16 points and added six assists and Mississippi State dominated Montana 86-49 on Saturday night.
Shakeel Moore and D.J. Jeffries added 15 points apiece.
After the Grizzlies hit the opening jumper, the Bulldogs (2-0) reeled off 13 points with Cameron Matthews starting it with a dunk and contributed a pair of 3-pointers.
The trend continued as Mississippi State took a 42-16 lead at the half, making 6 of 10 3-pointers and shooting 54% while the Grizzlies (1-1) shot 22% and were outrebounded 26-11.
Mississippi State started the second half with a three-point play by Garrison Brooks and scored the first 13 points to lead by 39. Matthews contributed a 3-pointer, finishing 3 of 3 from long range and scoring 11 points.
Brooks had nine points and 11 rebounds as the Bulldogs dominated the boards 47-28. Freshman Cam Carter had eight points and seven assists as MSU had 18 assists and just nine turnovers.
Two reserves, Derrick Carter-Hollinger and Josh Vazquez, led Montana with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Mississippi State finished 13 of 23 behind the arc and 32 of 61 overall.
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Updated November 13, 2021