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Mississippi State's Craig Sword and Roquez Johnson combined for 44 points as the Bulldogs held off Loyola 65-64 in overtime Sunday.
Sword had a game-high 24 points and put MSU (5-1) in front for good with an old-fashioned three-point play with 1:36 left in overtime. Johnson had a career-best 20 points and also his first double-double of the season with 11 rebounds.
Sword was 8-of-12 from the floor and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
MSU shot 46.8 percent from the floor and was just 4 of 16 beyond the arc. Loyola shot 42.6 percent and out-rebounded the Bulldogs 35-27.
Loyola (3-5) was led by Milton Doyle's 22 points. Christian Thomas had 12 points for the Ramblers while Devon Turk added 10 points.
Doyle had an opportunity to win it at the buzzer for Loyola but his 3-point attempt at the buzzer was blocked by MSU's Fred Thomas.
The contest was just the third overall meeting between the two schools with the first game coming in the historic 1963 NCAA Tournament. The Ramblers won last year's meeting 59-51 in what was the 50th anniversary of that initial meeting between the two programs.
MSU and Loyola were tied at 29-29 at halftime despite the Bulldogs shooting 38 percent. Loyola shot 50 percent in the first half and led MSU in rebounding 15-13 but had eight first-half turnovers. MSU finished with just nine turnovers while Loyola had 14 for the game.
The game was tied 13 times and featured 20 lead changes.
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Mississippi State saw its season-opening seven-game win streak snapped in the championship game of the Gulf Coast Showcase women’s basketball tournament. State was unable to overcome a slow start as the Bulldogs dropped a 62-48 decision to Middle Tennessee in the championship game of three-day, eight-team event.
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Almost 51 years after that historic day in East Lansing, Mich., Mississippi State and Loyola will meet again on the hardwood this Sunday. Tip-off is set for noon at Humphrey Coliseum. The contest will honor the historic “Game of Change” played between the two schools in the 1963 NCAA Tournament in a halftime ceremony.
Stakes were nowhere near the same, to be sure. But playing an extra period had worked out well Thursday for Bulldog football. So why not follow suit with the roundball? “I guess overtimes have been good to Mississippi State this week,” basketball Coach Rick Ray quipped after outlasting Loyola 65-64.
ScoutTV: Mississippi State men's basketball players - Roquez Johnson, Tyson Cunningham, Craig Sword - talk about their team's 65-64 win over Loyola.
Mississippi State football had a big night this past Thursday night. Current Bulldog commitment Nick Fitzgerald and his family were on hand for the Battle for the Golden Egg that took place during their official visit to campus. Mississippi State was victorious in the contest and the Fitzgeralds were certainly pleased with that outcome.
ScoutTV: Mississippi State men's basketball head coach Rick Ray talks about his team's 65-64 win over Loyola.