Weatherspoon Brothers Shine In Win Against No. 22 Hogs
State rang in the New Year with a dramatic 78-75 win against No. 22
Arkansas in its SEC opener Tuesday night at Humphrey Coliseum.
Weatherspoon and Nick Weatherspoon each had 22 points to lead the
Bulldogs. Abdul Ado added a game-high nine rebounds with four blocked
A putback by Ado with 39 seconds left gave the Bulldogs the lead for good.
was an unbelievable game and a great win for our team,” MSU coach Ben
Howland said. “Arkansas has the type of team that could make a deep run
in the (NCAA) Tournament. To somehow find a way with our backs against
the wall, I’m very proud of the effort.
“We did a good job against the press. Seven turnovers in 40 minutes are huge.”
(13-1, 1-0) had to overcome 60 percent shooting from the foul line and
19 percent shooting from 3-point range to snap a four-game losing
streak in conference openers.
contest was tight throughout with nine ties and 11 lead changes. The
Bulldogs had to battle back from an eight-point deficit in the final
The Bulldogs were held without a field goal
for the first five minutes. However, the Maroon and White established
early its desire to play with physical tenacity. The end result was a
tremendous effort on the defensive end which kept the team in the
eventually pulled even at 11-11. The Razorbacks ran the lead to six at
20-14. The Bulldogs followed with seven straight points for a 21-20
lead on a basket by Quinndary Weatherspoon.
lead switched hands a couple of more times before a basket by Nick
Weatherspoon gave the Maroon and White a 32-30 halftime lead.
did a great job of getting to the line,” Howland said. “We drove to the
basket and got contact. We just played a tough, physical game. Winning
the (conference) opener against a ranked team is a good thing.”
scored the first eight points of the second half for a 36-32 lead. The
Bulldogs kept battling though. Ado brought the Bulldogs within two at
40-38. The Razorbacks followed with a 9-4 run for a 49-42 lead.
The Bulldogs eventually pulled even at 56-56 with a basket from Nick Weatherspoon with 8:58 left.
a second-half lead was not gained until Xavian Stapleton made a pair of
free throws for a 69-67 lead with 4:00 left. Back-to-back 3s by the
Weatherspoon brothers tied the game at 75 with 1:20 left.
the contest, MSU hit 25 of 59 shots from the field (42.4 percent), 4 of
21 shots from 3-point range (19.0 percent) and 24 of 40 shots from the
foul line (60.0 percent). Arkansas hit 32 of 62 shots from the field
(51.6 percent), 6 of 15 shots from 3-point range (40.0 percent) and 5
of 12 shots from the foul line (41.7 percent).
teams had 39 rebounds. The Bulldogs had nine assists and seven
turnovers, while the Razorbacks had 17 assists and 13 turnovers.
(11-3, 1-1) received 24 points from Daryl Macon, 17 points from Daniel
Gafford, 11 points from Jaylen Barford and 10 points from Adrio Bailey.
Barford had a team-high seven rebounds.
resumes conference play with a Saturday road trip to rival Ole Miss.
The Bulldogs and Rebels meet at 3:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.