Starkville, Miss. — Malik Newman scored 15 points, and Mississippi State closed on a 24-5 run to beat Tulane 69-59 Saturday in men’s college basketball.
Newman was 3-of-9 from the field and made six free throws. Craig Sword had 14 points, and Gavin Ware added 12 points with nine rebounds for the Bulldogs (5-5).
“I thought we played a good first half,” said Mississippi State coach Ben Howland. “And I thought Malik had his first half of the year in the first half.”
Dylan Osetkowski scored 20 points to lead Tulane (6-6). Malik Morgan added 11 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.
The first half was back and forth with five lead changes and seven ties. Tulane held a 23-19 advantage after Osetkowski’s layup. Mississippi State then scored seven straight to take a 26-23 lead after Ware’s bucket and the Bulldogs never trailed the rest of the first half.
Down 40-34 at halftime, Tulane used a 20-5 run to open the second half. Cameron Reynolds made a 3 and the Green Wave led 54-45 with 11:27 remaining to cap the surge. Mississippi State missed 11 of its first 12 field goal attempts in the second half, and Newman had just two points after the break.
“I was disappointed in how we started the second half,” said Howland. “They came out and scored two off a tip-in and two off a dunk. The key for us getting a lead in the first half was not giving up those kinds of plays.”
Quinndary Weatherspoon scored five points during a 15-0 run to answer Tulane’s rally.
“The guys did not drop their heads and we started to get some important stops in the second half,” Howland said. “I thought Q (Quinndary Weatherspoon) was huge during that run.”
Osetkowski then made a jumper at the five-minute mark, snapping a 0-for-10 shooting, nearly seven-minute scoreless stretch for the Green Wave. Fred Thomas’s 3-pointer stretched the Bulldogs’ lead to 63-56 with 4:31 left, and Tulane never got closer.
Mississippi State had just three first-half turnovers. Tulane shot 46.7 percent and made just 2 of 7 3-pointers in the first half.
The Bulldogs shot 38.2 percent from the floor and made 20 of 26 free throws. Tulane finished 25-of-61 shooting for 41 percent from the field, and shot 35.5 percent in the second half.
Both teams had 39 rebounds and nine turnovers apiece.
Pepperdine 79, UL-Lafayette 59: In Malibu, California, Jett Raines scored 21 on 8-of-11 shooting, Stacy Davis added 17 points and 12 rebounds and Pepperdine beat the University of Louisiana at Lafayette late Friday night.
Davis hit a 3-pointer with 12:31 left that capped a 12-0 run and gave Pepperdine a 57-41 lead. The Waves (7-4) maintained a double-digit edge the rest of the way to win their fifth straight heading into a West Coast Conference opener at Gonzaga on Monday.
UL-Lafayette (3-6) started the game with an 8-2 run and played back-and-forth with Pepperdine late in the first half and early in the second.
Jeremy Major scored 13 and Lamond Murray Jr. added 10 for Pepperdine, which held the Cajuns to 31 percent from the field and 20 percent from 3-point range.
Shawn Long had 15 points and 14 rebounds for the Ragin’ Cajuns, who had their last lead at 36-35. Jay Wright chipped in with 11 points.
Louisiana Tech 79, UL-Lafayette 62: In Ruston, Louisiana Tech turned to its bench to pick up for a rare struggling peformance from senior Brandi Wingate, outscoring the Cajuns 22-8 in the fourth quarter at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The victory snapped UL-Lafayette’s five-game winning streak, dropping the Cajuns to 7-2. Keke Veal led the Cajuns with 23 points. Jaylyn Gordon added 17 points, five assists, three rebounds and three steals.
“I’m very proud of our bench tonight,” Tech coach Tyler Summitt said. “I really think that the six days we had of practice (after the Mississippi State game) helped some of our younger players like Jasmine LeBlanc, Reauna Cleaver and even Kevione Moten. They played really well tonight and were a big reason we won.”
Ashley Santos led the Lady Techsters (4-5) with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kierra Anthony added 13 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and a career-high six steals.
LeBlanc added a career-high 12 points, and Tiara Davenport scored 10.