Live from the Hump

Welcome to Humphrey Coliseum for tonight’s non-conference matchup between Kennesaw State and Mississippi State. Tonight will be my first opportunity to see the Bulldogs play an opponent since I was out of town for football during the exhibition game and season opener. Not a huge crowd with most of the upper sections empty and bottom sections half full.

The game is not televised so the only way to watch is on HailStateTV or listen on the radio. I will be here throughout the evening so stay tuned.

Starting Lineups:

Mississippi State (1-0)

1- Fred Thomas, G, 6-5, 206, So.

3- Colin Borchert, F, 6-8, 231, Sr.

15- IJ Ready, G, 5-11, 170, Fr.

20- Gavin Ware, C, 6-9, 268, So.

32- Craig Sword, G, 6-3, 194, So.

Kennesaw State (1-3)

1- Nigel Pruitt, F, 6-7, 180, So.

4- Yonel Brown, G, 5-9, 160, So.

5- Bernard Morena, F, 6-8, 200, RFr.

24- Orlando Coleman, F, 6-5, 195, Fr.

50- Willy Kouassi, C, 6-10, 230, So.

15:47 Kennesaw State 8, MSU 6 – Morena 4, Sword 4

13:03 Kennesaw State 10, MSU 9 – Sword 6 points – Kennesaw State was issued a technical foul.

11:06 Kennesaw State 18, MSU 14 – Borchert 7 points – State shooting just 5-of-15 to start the game, KSU is 8-of-10.

7:51 MSU 22, Kennesaw State 19 – Borchert 9 points

Morena already has four fouls for Kennesaw State.

6:11 MSU 27, Kennesaw State 21 – Borchert 9 points

3:59 MSU 27, Kennesaw State 24 – Borchert 9 points

HALFTIME: MISSISSIPPI STATE 35, KENNESAW STATE 31

Key halftime stats:

FG% KSU 54.2; MSU 40

3PT% KSU 33.3; MSU 40

FT% KSU 33.3; MSU 50

Rebounds: KSU 19; MSU 15

Turnovers: KSU 12; MSU 6

Paint Points: KSU 14; MSU 16

Pts off TO’s: KSU 10; MSU 14

2nd Chance: KSU 3; MSU 8

Fast Break: KSU 0; MSU 8

Bench: KSU 4; MSU 7

Individual scoring: KSU – Yonel Brown 10, Nigel Pruitt 6, Willy Kouassi 5, Bernard Morena 4, Orlando Coleman 2, Delbert Love 2, Chris Drees 2; MSU – Fred Thomas 10, Colin Borchert 9, Craig Sword 6, Roquez Johnson 6, Gavin Ware 3, Dre Applewhite 1

18:48 MSU 40, Kennesaw State 31 – Borchert 12 points.

Sword went the whole first half without a foul but quickly picks up one in the second.

15:32 MSU 42, Kennesaw State 35 – Borchert 12 points

Thomas hits his fourth 3-pointer of the night but gets called for a technical for taunting the Kennesaw State player he just shot it over.

11:09 MSU 50, Kennesaw State  41 – Borchert 15 points

Roquez Johnson leaves the game a little woozy looking.

9:27 MSU 58, Kennesaw State 46 – Borchert 15 points

7:55 MSU 61, Kennesaw State 47 – Borchert 15 points.

Osemhen and Kouassi both have four fouls now for the Owls.

Borchert picks up his fourth foul at the 6:09 mark.

Kouassi fouls out with 6:02 to play.

Morena fouls out with 5:49 to play.

Johnson is back on the floor now but Ready now has to leave with an injury.

5:28 MSU 65, Kennesaw State 52 – Borchert 15, Brown 15

Osemhen fouls out with 4:26 to play.

3:53 MSU 69, Kennesaw State 52 – Borchert 15, Thomas 15, Brown 15

Jacoby Davis makes his MSU debut with 1:59 remaining. Ready was taken to the training room.

FINAL: MISSISSIPPI STATE 78, KENNESAW STATE 55

Postgame statistics

Video highlights

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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