Weatherspoon drops 29 pts as Mississippi State wins European opener
August 6, 2016 - Finding Carter
Press Release from Mississippi State University
Sophomore slump? Apparently not.
After a plain rookie deteriorate that garnered him Freshman All-SEC honors, standout ensure Quinndary Weatherspoon picked adult where he left off Friday in moving Mississippi State to a stirring 88-83 overtime win opposite a Lithuania National Team in a initial of 4 muster games in Italy and Switzerland.
The Canton, Miss., product scored 20 of his game-high 29 points in a second half and emptied purchase giveaway throws down a widen to propel a Bulldogs to victory.
He was 9-of-22 sharpened overall, with 4 of his done margin goals entrance over a arc.
“It was a success as we came out with a win,” pronounced Weatherspoon, who logged 36 mins of action. “I attempted to lead by instance with my 29 points. We done some mistakes, though everybody played with bid and did their part. we consider we showed we have a talent to competition during a high level.”
Against a Moose, a infancy of a talent came from first-year players, who accounted for 50 points.
Leading a scoring attack were 2016 Mississippi Gatorade Player of a Year Tyson Carter with 21 points on 8-13 shooting, followed by Owensboro, Kentucky, local Eli Wright with 18 points on 8-of-9 shooting.
Carter, who starred during Starkville High School, was generally fatal over a arc, where he connected on 5 of his 8 attempts.
“With it being my initial game, we wanted to come out strong,” Carter said. “I was a small delayed during first, though we was means to collect adult when we started anticipating my open shots.”
The Bulldogs, who now transport to Florence for a Monday night diversion opposite another Lithuanian team, trailed 19-11 early. However, MSU solemnly chipped divided during a Moose lead and went adult 20-19 on a floater in a line by Weatherspoon.
At a half, Mississippi State led 39-34 interjection to a Carter 3-pointer during a buzzer.
The Bulldogs never trailed in a second frame, notwithstanding a deficiency of I.J. Ready, who suffered from feverishness depletion late in a initial half after totaling 5 points. But with dual seconds to play, Lithuania sent a diversion into overtime on a giveaway chuck by Mindaugas Kacinas, a former South Carolina actor who totaled 9 points opposite MSU behind in Mar and finished with 25 Friday.
The Moose built as most as a 79-74 lead, though with 1:45 left Weatherspoon was fouled following take and done one of this dual giveaway throws to even a competition during 80. Then it was another freshman, Joe Strugg, who gave MSU a lead for good during 82-80 with dual giveaway throws.
It was an advantage a Bulldogs never squandered, as Weatherspoon and Carter accounted for a final 6 points to safety a victory.
“I’m blissful we won a game,” MSU manager Ben Howland said. “They are good coached and it was a good exam for a guys to see what it’s going to be like guarding a garland of round screens. We unequivocally have a prolonged ways to go on both ends of a floor, starting with a defense.
“I suspicion Q (Weatherspoon) was fantastic, as we would expect. He’s a best actor on a group and he unequivocally played tough for us. He brought us behind late in a diversion and done some large plays down a stretch. He was only good all a approach around. we suspicion Tyson Carter was unequivocally good as well.”
For a game, MSU was 32-of-67 shooting, 11-20 from prolonged range. Lithuania was 27-67 and 14-39 over a arc.